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Dressing In Feathers: The Construction Of The Indian In American Popular Culture - S. Elizabeth Bird, Elizabeth S. Bird

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. Its collection of essays are thoughtful, difficult, occasionally abstruse, but always zeroed in like lasers upon the target.