SL'18-17 - Inventing the Indian - outline.doc - Lecture 17...

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Lecture 17 – Inventing the Indian - outline Learning objectives: 1. Analyze images from Schimmel’s article and others in terms of key periods of representation of Native Americans 2. Situate the analysis in historical periods 3. Set up discussion of historical linkages between social construction of American Indians and federal Indian policy Schimmel and inventing the Indian: social construction “The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier” - opened at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum of American Art in March of 1991 Contraversy Imagery and representation of Native Americans 1. Noble savage (Colonial era-1840s) 2. Brutal savage (1820s-80s) 3. Conquered peoples (1880s) 4. Dependant Indian (1900s) 5. Ecological Indian (1960s) 6. Independent Indian (1960s) 1.Noble Savage ? of assimilation - Thomas Jefferson, 1802:

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