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This curriculum guide dispels the stereotypes of American Indians that humiliate and degrade real Indian culture and add fuel to the fire of racism and prejudice. It begins with a timeline of American Indian history from 15,000 B.C. to the present, and compares it to a historical timeline of Europe-Asia. The stereotype of the savage Indian is perpetuated through movies, textbooks, coloring books, and toys. Movie stereotypes and inaccuracies are presented in the form of a glossary of Indian terms. Both primary and secondary textbooks tend to reinforce stereotypes. History books devote little space to American Indians. They overlook American Indians' culture, knowledge, and contributions to today's society. A letter to the Mayor of Chicago written by the Grand Council Fire of American Indians in 1927 urged that school children be taught the truth about the First Americans. Reviews of several social studies texts for grades 3-12 point out strengths and weaknesses concerning their portrayal of American Indians. Examples of Indian-related materials from texts, coloring books, and advertisements show widespread offensive stereotypes and erroneous information. This guide was developed for the sixth grade level but can be easily adapted for use in other grades. (KS)

Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian History, American Indians, Educational Resources, Ethnic Stereotypes, Grade 6, Intermediate Grades, Textbook Bias, Textbook Evaluation, United States History

Coos County Indian Education Coordination Program, 9140 Cape Arago Highway, Coos Bay, OR 97420-9645 ($5).

Autor: Stutzman, Esther


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