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Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study

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This work takes an in-depth look at the world of comic books through the eyes of a Native American reader and offers frank commentary on the medium's cultural representation of the Native American people. It addresses a range of portrayals, from the bloodthirsty barbarians and noble savages of dime novels, to formulaic secondary characters and sidekicks, and, occasionally, protagonists sans paternal white hero, examining how and why Native Americans have been consistently marginalized and misrepresented in ...
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Overview

This work takes an in-depth look at the world of comic books through the eyes of a Native American reader and offers frank commentary on the medium's cultural representation of the Native American people. It addresses a range of portrayals, from the bloodthirsty barbarians and noble savages of dime novels, to formulaic secondary characters and sidekicks, and, occasionally, protagonists sans paternal white hero, examining how and why Native Americans have been consistently marginalized and misrepresented in comics. Chapters cover early representations of Native Americans in popular culture and newspaper comic strips, the Fenimore Cooper legacy, the "white" Indian, the shaman, revisionist portrayals, and Native American comics from small publishers, among other topics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786435654
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Sheyahshe is a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. He has written for Illusions, Trauma Magazine, Native Peoples, and Games for Windows: The Official Magazine. A cum laude double BA degree holder, he is a Trustee of the Caddo Nation's Heritage Museum and is enrolled in an MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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