Dressing In Feathers / Edition 1

Dressing In Feathers / Edition 1

by S. Elizabeth Bird
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813326672

ISBN-13: 9780813326672

Pub. Date: 07/01/1996

Publisher: Westview Press


One hundred members of NatChat, an electronic mail discussion group concerned with Native American issues, responded to the recent Disney release Pocahontas by calling on parents to boycott the movie, citing its historical inaccuracies and saying that “Disney has let us down in a cruel, irresponsible manner.” Their anger was rooted in the fact…  See more details below

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One hundred members of NatChat, an electronic mail discussion group concerned with Native American issues, responded to the recent Disney release Pocahontas by calling on parents to boycott the movie, citing its historical inaccuracies and saying that “Disney has let us down in a cruel, irresponsible manner.” Their anger was rooted in the fact that, although Disney claimed that the film’s portrayal of American Indians would be “authentic,” the Pocahontas story their movie told was really white cultural myth. The actual histories of the characters were replaced by mythic narratives depicting the crucial moments when aid was given to the white settlers. As reconstructed, the story serves to reassert for whites their right to be here, easing any lingering guilt about the displacement of the native inhabitants.To understand current imagery, it is essential to understand the history of its making, and these essays mesh to create a powerful, interconnected account of image creation over the past 150 years. The contributors, who represent a range of disciplines and specialties, reveal the distortions and fabrications white culture has imposed on significant historical and current events, as represented by treasured artifacts, such as photographic images taken of Sitting Bull following his surrender, the national monument at the battlefield of Little Bighorn, nineteenth-century advertising, the television phenomenon Northern Exposure, and the film Dances with Wolves.Well illustrated, this volume demonstrates the complacency of white culture in its representation of its troubled relationship with American Indians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813326672
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Constructing the Indian, 1830s-1990s1
2The First but Not the Last of the "Vanishing Indians": Edwin Forrest and Mythic Re-creations of the Native Population13
3The Narratives of Sitting Bull's Surrender: Bailey, Dix & Mead's Photographic Western29
4Reduced to Images: American Indians in Nineteenth-Century Advertising45
5"Hudson's Bay Company Indians": Images of Native People and the Red River Pageant, 192065
6Science and Spectacle: Native American Representation in Early Cinema79
7"There Is Madness in the Air": The 1926 Haskell Homecoming and Popular Representations of Sports in Federal Indian Boarding Schools97
8Indigenous Versus Colonial Discourse: Alcohol and American Indian Identity111
9"My Grandmother Was a Cherokee Princess": Representations of Indians in Southern History129
10Florida Seminoles and the Marketing of the Last Frontier149
11Segregated Stories: The Colonial Contours of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument167
12A War of Words: How News Frames Define Legitimacy in a Native Conflict181
13Going Indian: Discovery, Adoption, and Renaming Toward a "True American," from Deerslayer to Dances with Wolves195
14"Her Beautiful Savage": The Current Sexual Image of the Native American Male211
15Cultural Heritage in Northern Exposure229
16Not My Fantasy: The Persistence of Indian Imagery in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman245
17Moo Mesa: Some Thoughts on Stereotypes and Image Appropriation263
18What Does One Look Like?281
Bibliography285
About the Book303
About the Contributors305
Index309

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