AMERICAN INDIANS: Stereotypes & Realities


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“Professor Mihesuah goes beyond simply providing responses to common stereotypes. She provides the reader with assistance in efforts to improve understanding of her peoples. Each of the chapters provides solid information to challenge myths and stereotypes. Excellent photographs are interspersed throughout the book…. The implications of this book for social work practice are extensive… A valuable contribution”

Journal of Multicultural Social Work




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American Indians: Stereotypes & Realities provides an informative and engaging Indian perspective on common misconceptions concerning American Indians which afflict public and even academic circles to this very day. Written in a highly accessible stereotype/reality format, it includes numerous illustrations and brief bibliographies on each topic PLUS these appendices:

* Do’s and Don’ts for those who teach American Indian history and culture *

Suggested Guidelines for Institutions with Scholars who Conduct Research on American Indians * Course outline for American Indian history and culture survey with suggested projects * Outline for course “American Indian Women in History” with extensive bibliography

An American Indian perspective on discrimination issues WIDELY ENDORSED BY AMERICAN INDIAN SCHOLARS

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Devon Mihesuah


6 reviews for AMERICAN INDIANS: Stereotypes & Realities

  1. DR. DUANE CHAMPAGNE, Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center

    “A very useful book for clarifying many misbeliefs about Indians that Indians
    encounter from among the non-Indian population. Devon Mihesuah
    demonstrates considerable understanding of contemporary myths and
    stereotypes about American Indians. This book will be a very useful reader for
    anyone truly trying to understand who American Indians really are. There is no
    other book on Indian images that proves the Indian “voice” that Devon maintains
    throughout the text.”
    DR. DUANE CHAMPAGNE, Director,
    UCLA American Indian Studies Center
    Editor, American Indian Culture and Research Journal
    (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)

  2. KAM WILLIAMS, syndicated columnist

    “A precious primer on Native Americans for anyone who can handle the truth
    about how the West was won.” KAM WILLIAMS, syndicated columnist

  3. Flagstaff Live

    “This book should be read by every educator and included in the collections of
    every school and university library.” Flagstaff Live

  4. JOEL MONTURE, MultiCultural Review

    “Mihesuah’s work should be required reading for elemetary and upper level
    teachers, college instructors and parents. Let us hope it finds a wide readership
    in mainstream circles.” JOEL MONTURE, MultiCultural Review

  5. DR. DONALD L. FIXICO, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

    “Devon Mihesuah has provided precious insight into the racial identity and
    cultural struggles of American Indians as they strive to succeed in modern
    America. She has successfully challenged harmful stereotypes and racism in
    this significant book… If an accurate history is to be learned, then society must
    accept the truth of cultural pluralism and give equal and fair treatment to Native
    Americans and other minorities… As an American Indian and a university scholar
    of history, I applaud Devon Mihesuah for successfully confronting the literature of
    false portrayal and negative images of Indian people.”
    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
    (Shawnee, Sac & Fox, Creek, Seminole)

  6. DR. KAREN SWISHER, Director, Center for Indian Education

    “A good sourcebook for dispelling misconceptions and negative stereotypes
    about American Indians. These beliefs and attitudes exist and these statements
    are made in academic settings. It is fortunate that there are professors like Devon
    Mihesuah in classrooms to present the “other side,” perhaps only once in the
    lifetime of some students…”
    Director, Center for Indian Education,
    Arizona State University (Standing Rock Sioux)

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