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ERIC Number: EJ911365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
From the Tomahawk Chop to the Road Block: Discourses of Savagism in Whitestream Media
Johnson, Daniel Morley
American Indian Quarterly, v35 n1 p104-134 Win 2011
Since early colonial times, Indigenous peoples on Anowarakowa Kawennote--"Great Turtle Island" in Kanienkeha (the Mohawk language)--have been represented via the imaginations of the invading European settler-colonists. Not surprisingly, such typically distorted representations have long been a part of the popular press and news media in the United States and Canada. Typically, the news media have tended to portray Natives as a conquered people, a poor minority in a rich country, militant activists, remnants of an ancient North American past, and so on. Media outlets continue to perpetuate stereotypes and inaccurate generalizations about Indigenous peoples, and aside from a few independent and Indigenous-owned media sources, the misinformation continues mostly unchallenged and unabated. This essay explores the use, perpetuation, and legitimization of anti-Indigenous rhetoric (discourses of Savagism) in media with regard to two major flashpoints of misrepresentation: (1) racist sports imagery; and (2) anticolonial Indigenous protest. (Contains 83 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States