American Indian Stereotypes In The World Of Children / Edition 2

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The world of contemporary American infants and young children is saturated with inappropriate images of American Indians. American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children reveals and discusses these images and cultural stereotypes through writings like Kathy Kerner's previously unpublished essay on Thanksgiving and an essay by Dr. Cornell Pewewardy on Disney's Pocahontas film. This edition incorporates new writings and recent developments, such as a chronology documenting changes associated with the mascot issue, along with information on state legislation. Other new material incorporates powerful commentary by Native American veterans, who speak to the issue of stereotyping against their people in the military. Also includes a new expanded annotated bibliography.

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Editorial Reviews

Lois Benjamin
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.
Clara Rodriguez
This book provides an excellent guide to the common, stereotypical images of Native American peoples that exist throughout our literature and media, along with clear and insightful explanations of why they are should be extremely useful to educators, researchers or anyone interested in knowing what is stereotypical, for it provides—in addition to comprehensive essays in this area—a rich set of educational aids and resources. These include an extensive bibliography by subject area; web site listings; audiovisual resources; relevant newspapers and magazines; and collections of interviews and personal accounts by contemporary Native Americans.
Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo)
The second edition of American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children: A Reader and Bibliography is an outstanding reference work designed to shock adults into understanding that the People of the sovereign Native nations in the United States and Canada are not objects or subhuman. The wedding of writings from the first edition coupled with insightful essays and materials in the second makes the book a critically important reference work which should be an integral part of every classroom from kindergarten through graduate school.
Journal Of Children's Literature
This is an excellent chronicling of the subtly and insidiously pervasive stereotypes of Native Americans embedded in our culture.
This volume presents a collection of challenging articles detailing uses and abuses of Native American symbols, images, ideas, and stories that are directed at youth in the mass media. Toys, cartoons, textbooks, general reading, media portrayals, sports logos, nicknames, and more are discussed in standalone articles. Continually faced with stereotypes and offensive portrayals, Native children have difficulties developing strong, positive selfimages. Chilling accounts given by children show just how important this issue is, emphasizing that we is not possible to start teaching too early. Topics addressed include the use of offensive terms in alphabet books, the depiction of animals dressed in Native costumes, and poorly planned class assignments. In updating the earlier edition, this work adds information that is more recent as well as a wealth of article, book, and Web site bibliographical references. Every time librarians purchase materials for their collections that have negative or inaccurate representations of Native Americans, more youth are endangered. The recent debates about Rinaldi's My Heart Is on the Ground (Scholastic, 1999/VOYA October 1999) show how important these issues are for readers of all ages today. Through these articles, librarians and teachers can better understand what is offensive and how to avoid perpetuating hurtful stereotypes and images with all children. This important title should be required reading for librarians, especially those in collection development, as well as educators. For more information about selecting accurate, affirming materials, see Through Indian Eyes (Slapin and Seale, 1998) and the Oyate Web site, Biblio. 1999, Scarecrow, Ages Adult, 384p, $45, $32.50 pb. Reviewer: Mary B. McCarthy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810836136
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 0.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Arlene Hirschfelder is the author of award-winning nonfiction books as well as curricula, magazine articles, and bibliographies concerning Native Americans. Paulette Fairbanks Molin is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe from the White Earth Reservation. She is a faculty member at Hampton University in Virginia. Yvonne Wakim, Cherokee/Arab, is a board member of Nitchen, Inc. (Our Children in the Lenni Lenape language). She helped create the Family Awareness Network, a holistic preventative mental health program for American Indian youth and their families.

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Table of Contents

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

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