This work has been designed to try to shock adults into realizing that the world of contemporary American infants and young children is saturated with inappropriate images of Indians. Infants and young children internalize distorted images they learn about American Indians not only during the twin peaks of Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, but also at seasonal sporting events, when players and fans don ersatz headdresses and sacrilegious paint to act out their version of "braves" and "chiefs". This second edition incorporates writings and developments since the first edition, such as a chronology which documents changes associated with the mascot issue. It includes an essay by Dr Cornell Pewewardy on Disney's Pocahontas film. Other new material incorporates powerful commentary by Native American veterans, who speak to the issue of stereotyping against their people in the military. Also featured is an essay on Thanksgiving, authored by the late Kathy Kerner.
This timely collection of essays forcefully confronts the negative racist images and stereotypes employed to dehumanize and subjugate Native Americans. What unites these essays is a common focus on the social construction and maintenance of racial stereotyping through the media, through toys, games, and recreational activities, and through texts and curricula in schools. The editors of this anthology make it abundantly clear that they want to expose and exorcise these powerful, prejudicial demons from the American mind. These essays should galvanize classroom discussions and stimulate reflection and social change. No teacher or student of social studies can afford to be without this work.--Lois Benjamin, Ph.D., Professor and Author of The Black Elite: Facing the Color Line in the Twilight of the Twentieth Century
Part 1 I: A Reader Part 2 1: Through the Eyes of a Child Chapter 3 Children's Impressions of American Indians --League of Women Voters Part 4 2: The Only Good Indian is a Plains Indian Chapter 5 The Emergence of the Plains Indian as the Symbol of the North American Indian Part 6 3: Words Can Hurt Chapter 7 What's Correct? American Indian or Native American? Chapter 8 What's Correct? Eskimo of Inuit? Chapter 9 Eliminating the "S" Word Chapter 10 Lethal Consequenes: Stereotyping American Indians in the Military Part 11 4: Reading is Fundamental for Truths or Stereotypes Chapter 12 Introduction to American Indian Authors for Young Readers (Edition 1) Chapter 13 Feathers, Tomahawks and Tipis (Edition 1) Chapter 14 The Sign of the Beaver: The Problem and the Solution Part 15 5: What your Teachers Never Told You (Maybe They Didn't Know) Chapter 16 Textbooks and Native Americans (Edition 1) Chapter 17 Misrepresentations of the Alaskan Natives in Social Studies Texts (Edition 1) Chapter 18 The Treatment of Iroquois Indians in Selected American History Textbooks (Edition 1) Chapter 19 Arctic Survival--Inaccurate Textbooks Create Igloo Myths in Alaska (Edition 1) Part 20 6: Still Playing Cowboys and Indians After All These Years Chapter 21 Toys with Indian Imagery (Edition 1) Chapter 22 Why One Can't Ignore Pocahontas Chapter 23 American Indian Mascots in Sports Chapter 24 Stanford Removes Indian Symbol (Edition 1) Chapter 25 Recapturing Stolen Media Images: Indians are Not Mascots or Logos Chapter 26 From Subhuman to Superhuman: The Evolution of American Indian Images in Comic Books Chapter 27 The Y-Indian Guide and Y-Indian Princess Program Part 28 7: Holidays Are Not Always for Celebrating Chapter 29 Columbus in the Classroom Chapter 30 The Thanksgiving Epidemic Part 31 8: Art for Truth's Sake Chapter 32 Indian Artists Rescue the Truth Chapter 33 Indian Film and Video Makers Rescue the Truth Part 34 II: Bibliography Chapter 35 Stereotyping of Native Americans Chapter 36 "Corrective" Materials Chapter 37 Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Chapter 38 Anthologies of Poetry and Prose Chapter 39 Collections of Interviews and Personal Accounts by Contemporary Native Americans Chapter 40 Catalogs and Curriculum Chapter 41 Audiovisual Resources Chapter 42 Newspapers and Magazines Chapter 43 Web Sites about Native Americans Part 44 Index to Part 1 Part 45 Index to Part 2