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The imaginary Indian : the image of the Indian in Canadian culture

Author: Daniel Francis
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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First published in 1992, The Imaginary Indian is a revealing history of the "Indian" image mythologized by popular Canadian culture since 1850, propagating stereotypes that exist to this day. Images of the Canada's First Nations people have always been fundamental to Canadian culture: in the paintings and photographs of the 19th century; the Mounted Police sagas and the spectacle of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show;  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Francis
ISBN: 9781551524252 1551524252
OCLC Number: 896691457
Description: 185 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: I. Taking The Image --
The Vanishing Canadian --
Writing Off the Indian --
Red Coats and Redskins --
II. Presenting The Image --
Performing Indians --
Celebrity Indians and Plastic Shamans --
Indians of Childhood --
III. Appropriating The Image --
Marketing the Imaginary Indian --
IV. Implementing the Image --
The Bureaucrat's Indian --
Guns and Feathers --
Afterword to the Second Edition.
Responsibility: Daniel Francis.

Abstract:

First published in 1992, The Imaginary Indian is a revealing history of the "Indian" image mythologized by popular Canadian culture since 1850, propagating stereotypes that exist to this day. Images of the Canada's First Nations people have always been fundamental to Canadian culture: in the paintings and photographs of the 19th century; the Mounted Police sagas and the spectacle of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show; the performances of Pauline Johnson, Grey Owl, and Buffalo Child Long Lance; and the media images of Oka and the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Such depictions remind us that the Imaginary Indian is ever with us, oscillating throughout our history from friend to foe, from Noble Savage to bloodthirsty warrior, from debased alcoholic to wise elder, from monosyllabic "squaw" to eloquent princess, from enemy of progress to protector of the environment.

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