1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2013
Good historical overview of the social understanding of native americans in popular culture. It goes over how plays, televisions and novels helped shaped the image of the american indian for generations and shows how false and limited this view is, even based on limited facts. It's not easy to construct this argument but the argument in this book is extremely detailed and goes back to the birth of america until modern times to show how the construction of the stereotype started and spread through america.
on August 12, 2014
Raising kids with Native American Ancestry, it becomes important to be able to "call out" the false and misleading images they see around them. It's a kind of war for their definition. They grow up asking who they are and what makes them different. Kids on the playground say unintentionally mean things. There are huge and thoughtless assumptions made about them, all because authors and directors take the well-worn route of racial stereotypes. My kids have to struggle with the ignorance propagated by media, every day of their lives.
"Dressing in Feathers" is an admirable tool for taking apart those ignorances, the stereotypes that my kids have to survive. It's collection of essays are thoughtful, difficult, occasionally abstruse, but always zeroed in like lasers upon the target.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2011
The title says it all. Wide-ranging in scope--article subjects span 2-3 centuries and touch on topics throughout visual culture studies, literature, and identity. Excellent supplemental text in Native American history or art history classes. Highly recommended, but some of the articles on more recent topics are beginning to show their wear (since it's been about 15 years since it was published).