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Native American Stereotypes

"Indians" Comic book

The indigenous peoples of the Americas, commonly called Native Americans, Indians, or First Nations (Canada) have been stereotyped in popular culture and material culture from their first interaction with Europeans to the present. Some of these stereotypical depictions are arguably positive: the wise elder, the brave warrior, and the devoted environmentalist. More common are negative portrayals of Native Americans: the savage, the brute, the drunk, and the whore. The continued use of Native Americans as mascots for sports teams remains a source of controversy.

The goal of the Jim Crow Museum is to tell the stories of injustice towards all groups.

Essay I is for Ignoble: Stereotyping Native Americans by Arlene Hirschfelder and Paulette F. Molin

Selected Online Educational Resources