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ERIC Number: ED401930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
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Native American Children's Literature: A Study of Authorship, Publisher Type, and Cultural Diversity of In-Print Works.
St. Martin, Sandra Anne Carkin
The content of 281 works of in-print children's fiction about Native Americans written for grades K-6 was analyzed to determine the amount of cultural diversity as measured by cultural area, time frame, and physical setting of the story. All analyzed works were published in the United States or Canada. Data identifying publisher type, mainline or alternative, and the ethnic background of writers and illustrators were also collected to determine if these factors affect the content of the literature. Works were assessed according to ten culture areas, four time frames, and three settings. The literature portrays Native Americans as contemporary culturally diverse peoples. Results from the study include: (1) most works were written about Native Americans of the Northeast, Southwest, or Plains culture areas; (2) most works have a contemporary time frame and a rural setting; (3) only 10% of works were about buffalo hunting Plains Indians in the ethnographic present even though they comprised the most popular combination of culture area, time frame, and setting combination; (4) the majority of works were published by mainline publishers, and only 9% were produced by alternative publishers; and (5) 76% of the works were written and 69% were illustrated by non-Native Americans. (Contains 41 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States