Running head: EDU 367 JOURNALEDU 367 JournalMeghan RudquistProfessor Mike Taylor, PhD.1
EDU 367 JOURNALJanuary 16, 2019Treuer (intro) “Indians. They are so often imagined, but so infrequently well understood” (Treuer, 2012, p.1).This quote stood out to me because growing up I learned about Indians, but some stories always seemed to be imagined instead of really understanding the Indians. Indians havedone some great things for the United States and I think they are pushed to the side too often and people do not take the time to learn more about them and all the good they have done. “Indians hadn’t written many books, and school districts and the general public would never open up to Vine Deloria, Jr., and the few other “radical” Indians who had actually managed to get anything in print” (Treuer, 2012, p.2). When the white culture came to America, theyseem to not be very open to the Indians when they could have been. The Indians probably had and still have some great ideas that can beshared and taught about their own culture. In order to reach out to different cultures, we need to be open to what they have to say and allow them to be a part of our culture because they may have some great ideas to share and teach. “I was tired of the tension, the confusion, andthe mean-spirited statements of my peers about “drunken Indians” (Treuer, 2012, p.2). Indians seemed to be misunderstood and like many cultures are put into a certain stereotypeinstead of people trying to understand them. There is tension and confusion that needs to be addressed and realized that not every singleIndian can fit in the stereotype. We can judge people before we get to know them and sometimes just from where they come from orhow they look. In education it is important to see people for who they are and to ask them questions and get to know them before making a judgment on them. 2
EDU 367 JOURNALTreuer (Ch.1) “The word Indian comes from a mistake: on his first voyage to the Americas, Columbus thought the Caribbean was the Indian Ocean and the people there were Indians” (Treuer, 2012, p.7). I find this quote interesting because Columbusjust assumed the people in the Americas, which he thought was India, would be called Indians and he did not take the time to communicate with them and get to know them. This was a start where Indians were misunderstood. Although Columbus did think he was in India, he did not have to name the people there right away because it was their home and most likely they had a name for themselves. “The only way to arrive at a deeper understanding is to make it acceptable to ask anything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask and get a meaningful answer rather than an angry admonition” (Treuer, 2012, p.8).
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