Native Americans in the News: Images of Indians in the by Mary Ann D. Weston

By Mary Ann D. Weston

From the Pueblo land protests of the Twenties to the activities groups' mascot controversies of the Nineties, this booklet chronicles the depictions of local american citizens within the press. Weston indicates how a few photos of Indians that date from the time of Columbus have continued into the current, and she or he asks no matter if journalistic practices have helped or hindered exact portrayals of local american citizens. Few books of this type have given consciousness to either neighborhood and nationwide press, or have dealt so broadly with the twentieth century. Weston has included a wealth of well-chosen examples, providing an obtainable account of this interesting subject.

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68) The reports on Indian dances, sent to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Charles H. Burke, apparently were accepted at face value and led him to issue a series of directives between 1921 and 1923 in which he called on Indians to limit dances voluntarily, hinting darkly that punitive measures would be taken if they did not comply. The directives seemed to be aimed at Pueblo ceremonies, at the Sun Dance of the Plains Indians, and at the use of peyote, a hallucinogen, in the Native American Church.

If at the end of one year the reports which I receive show that you are doing as requested, I shall be very glad for I will know that you are making progress . . ” 74 The defenders, who included Collier and some of the Taos artists and writers, again took their protests to the press. ” 75 In response to the protests, Interior Secretary Hubert Work issued a statement intended to clarify which Indian dances the government did and did not disapprove of. ” 76 Though defenders of the dances did so on grounds of religious freedom, for some there was an economic motive, too.

The directives seemed to be aimed at Pueblo ceremonies, at the Sun Dance of the Plains Indians, and at the use of peyote, a hallucinogen, in the Native American Church. (The Sun Dance, which is based on the concept of sacrifice, links the participants through prayer to all the universe. It often involves participants perforating their chest muscles with skewers and tying the skewers to a central pole, “physically manifesting the linking of the heart to the cosmic axis. ) Burke’s April 1921 Circular No.

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