Category Archives: Native American Heritage Month

Every Month is Native American Heritage Month

Some critics rail against ersatz holidays. Grandparents’ Day. Valentine’s Day. Labor Day. They argue we should recognize grandparents, lovers and laborers every day. Native American Heritage Month produces cognitive dissonance: it’s great to focus attention on American Indians, but the … Continue reading

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Handsome Warrior Rescues White Captive

While we chip away at the topic of stereotypes, you should know the brave, stoic warrior still lives. At least in paperback.

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Stoic Indian

The stereotype of stoicism among Native Americans has carried far and wide, although its relationship to real life is a thin one. The Stoics (with a capital S) were Greek philosophers known for their austerity, according to the Oxford English … Continue reading

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Is Nothing Sacred?

Spend an evening with the 1491s and you will think nothing is sacred. The troupe of American Indian actors, artists, improvisers and clowns poke fun at tradition while simultaneously stripping away stereotypes aimed at indigenous peoples, including the stereotypes held … Continue reading

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Embracing the Crow

In summer and fall mornings a flock of crows—a murder of crows—flies over our roof, headed north toward the Columbia River. We reckon they’re flying toward food. They shout at one another and sometimes a sentinel squats in a high … Continue reading

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