In light of too many posts we end up running on this blog, it’s good to have this thoughtful piece by Kevin Abourezk of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star about the ways people view Native Americans. For links to more drawings and a video, click here:
Bismarck, N.D., may not be considered a cultural mecca by many, but the town’s 2,200 Native residents taught Kay Kemmet that Native people are just people.
So when a fellow student asked her recently to draw images that came to her mind when she thought of Native Americans, the freshman University of Nebraska-Lincoln student drew two stick figures waving their arms high.
“I think of regular people,” Kemmet wrote above the sketch.
But many of the UNL students asked during a recent student survey to draw their perceptions of Natives drew bottles of booze and casinos. Others, headdresses and tipis.
One student simply wrote: “I’m a terrible artist, but here are labels: victims, oppressed, impoverished.”
Another wrote: “Poor. Live in trailers or old houses. Alcoholics. Disfunctional (sic) homes. Pay for cable before food. Many kids, high school dropouts.”
A team of five UNL students distributed the surveys two weeks ago as part of a Mass Media and Society class assignment.
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