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Native American Identities From Stereotype to Archetype in Art and Literature

Native American Identities From Stereotype to Archetype in Art and Literature

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  • Author: Scott B. Vickers
  • 210 pages; 6 x 0.48 x 9 inches
  • Paperback

Issues of identity and authenticity present perennial challenges to both Native Americans and critics of their art. Vickers examines the long history of dehumanizing depictions of Native Americans while discussing such purveyors of stereotypes as the Puritans, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Hollywood. These stereotypes abetted a national policy robbing Indians of their cultural identity. As a contrast to these, he examines the work of white authors and artists such as Helen Hunt Jackson, Oliver La Farge, the Taos Society of Artists, and Frank Waters, who created more archetypal fictional Indian characters.