The Atlanta Braves are well known for their “tomahawk chop,” in which fans are given foam tomahawks and sing along to a distinctive warchant. That practice has also been criticized by people who feel it is disrespectful to Native Americans.
The latest criticism came from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, whose mother is full-blooded Cherokee. Helsley said that the tomahawk chop “devalues” both Cherokee and Native American history.
Cards' Ryan Helsley, whose mother is full-blooded Cherokee, on the Braves' Tomahawk Chop: “It kind of devalues our Cherokee heritage and the Native-American history. Us as Cherokee native people went through a lot in this country."— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) October 4, 2019