War Chant

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The tomahawk chop is a sports celebration most popularly used by fans of the American Florida State Seminoles, Atlanta Braves baseball team, the Kansas City Chiefs American football team, and by the English Exeter Chiefs rugby union team. The action involves moving the forearm forwards and backwards repetitively with an open palm to simulate a tomahawk chopping, and is often accompanied by a distinctive cheer. The Atlanta Braves also developed a foam tomahawk to complement the fan actions.

The motion and the music that often accompanies it have been opposed for being a racist stereotype or caricature of Native American people, as the motion is derived from a hypothetical Native American chopping down or scalping his enemy.

Several sports teams, including the Atlanta Braves, Florida State University, Kansas City Chiefs and Exeter Chiefs have adopted the tomahawk chop to build enthusiasm for their teams of their opponents. The use of tomahawks and war chants have creates much controversy from various American-Indian organzations.

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