Questions for discussion:
- What stereotypical physical, behavioral and psychological traits are
typically associated with Native Americans?
- What stereotypes
about Indians does the Ten Little Indians song reinforce? View the
Ten Little Indians video clip.
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- What other sorts of stereotypes are revealed in the clip? Notice the
facial characteristics of the Native Americans shown. How can we tell
they are stereotypical?
- What does the clip tell us about the violent relationship between
the Europeans and the indigenous people of North America?
- Why is the picture of the man sitting at a desk and the audio of the
ceremony at the end of the clip not stereotypical?
- Where do
we learn information about people who are not like us? Why and how might
we be learning stereotypes?
Here is the quote from the book Survey of American History that is so
hard to read in the clip:
|For several years, the Indians had given the Virginia
colonists little trouble. A kind of truce had resulted from the
capture of the Chief Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas and her marriage
(1614) to John Rolfe. Going with her husband on a visit to England,
Pocahontas as a Christian convert and a gracious woman stired up
interest in prospects to civilize the Indians.
"Ten Little Indians" is a clip from a video called We the
People made by the Education Video Center, 55 E. 25th St., Suite 407,
NY, NY 10010. It was created by high school students in New York City.
Visit the following websites to learn some things about Native
Americans that can help correct stereotypes:
Read Ward Churchill's article "Crimes Against
Humanity" in Andersen/ Hill Collins. Use his reasoning to construct
an argument to back up the decision of the Burnsville Athletic Club
(below) to drop stereotypical team names. What is your own opinion on
Victory in Burnsville, Minnesota, against racist stereotypes
of Indians Minneapolis: In the Minneapolis suburb of Burnsville
, the Board of Directors of the Burnsville Athletic Club (BAC)
on July 11, 1999 adopted team-naming guidelines, according to
which it “will not employ a mascot, emblem, name, logo, or official
symbol which is considered potentially discriminatory and/or offensive
to an individual or group (i.e. gender, race, religion).” In a
separate resolution applying these guidelines, the BAC board specifically
dropped the names “Indians,” “Braves” “Warriors” “Redskins” “Chiefs”
currently in use in its sports clubs roster of over 100 teams.
The BAC has a semiofficial role in Burnsville and the surrounding
communities in organizing sports activities and providing team
uniforms and paraphernalia.
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