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ERIC Number: ED364396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
American Indian Stereotypes: The Truth Behind the Hype. An Indian Education Curriculum Unit.
Stutzman, Esther
This curriculum guide dispels the stereotypes of American Indians that humiliate and degrade real Indian culture and add fuel to the fire of racism and prejudice. It begins with a timeline of American Indian history from 15,000 B.C. to the present, and compares it to a historical timeline of Europe-Asia. The stereotype of the savage Indian is perpetuated through movies, textbooks, coloring books, and toys. Movie stereotypes and inaccuracies are presented in the form of a glossary of "Indian" terms. Both primary and secondary textbooks tend to reinforce stereotypes. History books devote little space to American Indians. They overlook American Indians' culture, knowledge, and contributions to today's society. A letter to the Mayor of Chicago written by the Grand Council Fire of American Indians in 1927 urged that school children be taught the truth about the First Americans. Reviews of several social studies texts for grades 3-12 point out strengths and weaknesses concerning their portrayal of American Indians. Examples of Indian-related materials from texts, coloring books, and advertisements show widespread offensive stereotypes and erroneous information. This guide was developed for the sixth grade level but can be easily adapted for use in other grades. (KS)
Coos County Indian Education Coordination Program, 9140 Cape Arago Highway, Coos Bay, OR 97420-9645 ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Indian Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Coos County Indian Education Coordination Program, Coos Bay, OR.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
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