Indian Lands By David E. Wilkins, Winnebagos, Apaches, And Dakotas

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Native American response paper

This response paper will be on the articles A Tour of Indian Peoples and Indian Lands by David E. Wilkins and Winnebagos, Cherokees, Apaches, and Dakotas by Debra Merskin. The first article discusses what the Indian tribes were and where they resided. There are many common terms to refer to the native people including American Indians, Tribal nations, indigenous nations, first peoples, and Native Americans. Alaskan natives are called by their territories like the Inuits or the Aleuts. There are certain issues with the terms Indians and Native Americans. For one, they are not from Indian, and secondly the term Native American was used during the anti-immigration movement in the 1860s-1925. It has been decided
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Native American images, music, and names have been incorporated into many advertising campaigns and product images. For example, Spirit cigarettes, the Cleveland Indians, or Jeep Cherokees. These images build an association with an idealized and romanticized notion of the past. She compares these stereotypes to those of African Americans. Going’s analysis of black memorabilia is used to create an analogy to comprehend the construction of Native Stereotypes. most collectable from 1880s to 1980s of African Americans are portrayed as people with exaggerated physical features and turning them into laughable and usable everyday items that reinforce the place of African Americans in society. Natives are portrayed as aliens to whites. Images of them were constructed through games, toys, theater while they reinforced racist beliefs about black people. They were framed as “others” in white Americans minds. Ads were used to present us vs them dichotomy with us being white and them being minorities. Certain examples include the “Indian problem” of the 1800s which depicted Natives as bloodthirsty, savage, lazy, drunk, and unemotional. Also the notion that an Indian princess that renounces her own family, and marries someone from the dominant culture, and also assimilates to it. This was seen in Pocahontas. Marketing and cinematic industries both portray this romanticized idea of the past when it comes to Natives. They are either shown as savages or people who need help from the White man. All of them even have degrees of savagery: the noble savage, the civilizable and trainable savage, and the bloodthirsty savage. These images take away Natives of their individuality as human beings. Due to that fact that they are a small

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