Native Americans in Popular Culture: Native American Heritage Month 2017


Drawn from the many different collections of the BPCL, this exhibit focuses on both positive and negative portrayals of Native Americans in popular culture. Subjects addressed include the casting of White actors in Native roles, the marketing of “savage” Indians to children, the co-opting of Native stories by White authors, and casual racism in movies. Scholars of popular culture will be interested to note the volume of negative portrayals versus positive portrayals in the collection, and the way this reflects not only popular culture but also those who have collected items on behalf of the BPCL.

The BPCL is open 8-9 Monday & Tuesday, 8-5 Wednesday-Friday, and 5-9pm Sunday.


Curated by Steve Ammidown, Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist
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