As you may recall, Jeopardy featured the National Museum of the American Indian as a category six months ago. Surprisingly, a recent episode (airdate: 6/22/11) featured "Native American tribes" as a category. Someone on Jeopardy seems to like Native topics.
The contestants didn't save this category till the very end, as they did last time. They did avoid it for most of the round, though. And they didn't do very well when they tried it.
Interesting that these educated people know so little about Indians. And scary for what it suggests about less educated people.
Here's how the category went:
$1200: "Its subtribes include Chiricahua, Mescalero & Kiowa."
Incorrect guess: "What is Cherokee?" [Cherokee...seriously?]
Alex Trebek says: "They're all Apaches." [Duh. But the Kiowa and Kiowa Apache are separate tribes, so this question is a bit confusing.]
$1600 (Daily Double): "'Hau' in this tribe's language is a friendly greeting in both the Lakota & Dakota dialects."
Correct guess: "What is Sioux?" [Sioux isn't a tribe, of course. It's a group or family of tribes.]
Simplified question: Synonym for Lakota.
$2000: "In 1877 this tribe, including Chief Joseph, was removed from Idaho to Oklahoma for 8 years."
Incorrect guess: "Who are the Seattle?"
Correct guess: "Who are the Nez Perce?"
Simplified question: Chief Joseph's tribe.
Finishing the board
After doing rather poorly, the contestants finished the rest of the board before returning to the last two clues:
$800 (video clue from the NMAI): "A popular figure in the Southwest, Mudhead is a cultural and spiritual deity specific to this family of Indians, whose western tribes include the Hopi and the Zuni."
Incorrect guess: "Who are the Navajo?"
Alex Trebek says: "Who are the Pueblo...Indians?"
Simplified question: Hopi or Zuni.
$400: "This tribe was formed in the 18th century from refugee Creeks & and other Georgia Indians who moved into Florida."
Correct guess: "Who are the Seminoles?"
Simplified question: Florida tribe.
All the questions were pretty easy. I'm sure Newspaper Rock readers would've gone five for five.
Even an average American should get the Seminole and Sioux questions right. It's kinda lame that America's knowledge of Indians is this thin.
For more on the subject, see Bonus NMAI Jeopardy Questions and NMAI on Jeopardy.