ERIC Number: ED125821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
An Examination of Children's Books on the American Indian.
Popp, James A.
BIA Education Research Bulletin, v3 n1 p10-23 Jan 1975
In an effort to determine whether or not children's books on the American Indian were perpetuating false myths, stereotypes, and negative attitudes, 49 children's books (all the books from the Acomita Day School and a random selection from the Albuquerque Public library and the Learning Materials Center at the University of New Mexico) were read and evaluated in terms of: (1) attitude expressed (author's attitude toward Indians); (2) derogatory language (e.g., warlike, savage, brown men, barbarians, etc.); (3) stereotyping by terminology and/or pictures; (4) knowledge expressed by the author; (5) usefulness of the book in the classroom (based on use at Acomita Day School in Albuquerque, New Mexico); (6) the degree of depth or superficiality of the book (based on research and incorporating informative detail). Evaluation indicated that out of the 49 books read: 7 expressed a negative attitude toward Indians; 6 had some derogatory language and 3 had a lot of derogatory language; 20 had a little or some stereotyping in the terminology, while 27 had a little, some, or a lot of stereotyping in the pictures; 18 demonstrated excellent subject knowledge, while 23 showed fair and 8 showed poor subject knowledge; 23 rated extremely useful, while 4 rated very useful, 14 rated fairly useful, and 8 rated not useful at all; 16 were superficially written, while 33 demonstrated in-depth attention. (JC)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Albuquerque, NM.