Native Americans

more indian friends and foes

More Indian Friends and Foes

Evidently, this is a sequel to the first Indian Friends and Foes.  I guess I missed that one.  Anyway, this is an assortment of biographies of Native Americans.  I could be tempted to keep a title like this.  It includes a chapter on Chief Tecumseh, and he is a popular subject for many school age kids in my neck of the woods.  Overall, the book looks old and is dismissive of native cultures.  Certainly, we can do better.



  1. Anything that old about a traditionally dismissed/misinterpreted culture should be weeded unless it’s some classic or extremely well written.

  2. This was written back when “Indians” on TV were always saying things like, “How. Me Big Chief Hole-In-Pants. Have much wampum, make squaws happy,” a la Eugene Levy on Waiting For Guffman. So, yeah, outdated.

  3. Well, i am Cherokee along with the rest of my family..and we refer to ourselves as Indians! as do our friends!

  4. @Dinah – Depends on whom you ask. Some prefer to be called Indians. Just like my mom’s best friend will cut you (verbally) to ribbons if you dare call her “African American” rather than “black” and I despise being called “BBW” or “Diva” or “Goddess” – whatever, I’d just rather be called fat.

    In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met an Indian who wants to be called a Native American. I guess no one from the PC crowd actually asked them what they wanted to be called.

  5. The problem is that the Indians [i]are[/i] the Americans. We should invent a new word for “people who are citizens of the USA”. There’s one to knuckle down to. Then proper labels could be had for all!

  6. @Jami I used to work with a black woman from Jamaica. She hated the term “African American” or, in her case “African Canadian”. From her own lips, she told us that her ancestors may have come from Africa *centuries ago*, but she was born in Jamaica and her family lived there for generations, and she considered herself–if one had to label her by skin colour at all–simply “black”.

  7. But if I use the term Indian, it’s not clear whether I’m referring to a person from a culture indigenous to North America, or someone who came from India.

  8. Not to change the subject from political correctness, but at first glance the Indians on the cover look like they’re exchanging a fist bump. Pretty cool for 1963.

  9. I’ve even heard the term African-American being used here in Norway, about people who immigrates to Norway from Africa! But these overly politically correct people are just laughed at until they realize their mistake.

    I think however, that even in America, that term is a bit silly. I wouldn’t like to be called Danish-Norwegian even though my great great great (etc.) grandparents came from Denmark a few hundred years ago 🙂

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