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The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture
Paperback - English

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 First Nations people have always been fundamental to Canadian culture. From the paintings and photographs of the 19th century to the Mounted Police sagas and the spectacle of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show; from the performances of Pauline Johnson, Grey Owl, and Buffalo Long Lance to the media images of Oka and the Vancouver Winter Olympics?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.

The Imaginary Indian has been, and continues to be--as Daniel Francis reveals in this book--just about anything the non-Native culture has wanted it to be; and the contradictory stories non-Natives tell about Imaginary Indians are really stories about themselves and the uncertainties that make up their cultural heritage. This is not a book about Native people; it is the story of the images projected upon Native people--and the desperate uses to which they are put.

This new edition, published almost twenty years after the book's first release, includes a new preface and afterword by the author.

Daniel Francis is an award-winning historian and the author of twenty books.


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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
EAN
9781551524252
Publication Date
17/04/2012
Pages
285
Dimension
23.11cm x 15.24cm x 2.03cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Francis, Daniel
Daniel Francis worked for several years as a journalist, editor and researcher in Ottawa and Montreal before returning to live on the West Coast where he has con-tinued his career as one of the country's leading popular historians. He has written two dozen books, principally about Canadian history. Titles include "The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture" and "A Road For Canada: The IIlustrated Story of the Trans-Canada Highway". He was editorial director of the mammoth "Encylopedia of British Columbia", hailed on its appearance in 2000 as one of the most important boo




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