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ERIC Number: ED087042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 36
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The Stereotype of the Indian in Adolescent Literature.
Troy, Anne
Studies of teaching materials have shown that the American Indian has not been given fair representation in American history. Too often portrayed as inaccurate are such subjects as tribal entities and cultures, listings of current tribes and reservations, descriptions of languages and areas of occupation, foods, attire, and dates of historical importance. The problem is that the novels of the past as well as the history books have made use of erroneous stereotypes of the Indian. The Indian in most of the literature even to the present time is shown not so much as he is in reality, but as he is in the minds of his white conquerors, who read into him the character traits they wish to find. In a study of the American Indian in adolescent literature since 1930, it was determined that the novels for the most part continued the traditional dual and contradictory image of the Indian: the dirty, drunken, cruel, and warring savage and the glorified, noble, but naive native--both of which are stereotypes. The time has come for writers and publishers to work to dispel the stereotypes and generalizations about the American Indian and accurately describe their cultures. (HOD)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (63rd, Philadelphia, Nov. 22-24, 1973)