Indigenous Societies

Indigenous Societies

Lasting Views of Indigenous Societies Since 1492 there has been a general characterization of indigenous peoples that relies on ?othering? natives on through the use of ?superior vs. inferior? narratives. In this course we have read about the many ways in which native societies contributed to the overall development and transformation of the so-called New World. However, stereotypes continue to contaminate Western views of indigenous cultures. Considering the documentary Trinkets and Beads discuss some of these misconceptions of indigenous societies. You might want to analyze at least three of the following examples: the lasting narratives of natives as ?savages?, the idea that native people are ?simple people?, the supposition that natives ?do not understand? or ?do not need? technology, the idea that natives are ?close to nature?, the supposition that indigenous societies and Western culture cannot mix. Make sure to analyze these perceptions and counter these false ideas with examples from the indigenous perspective as shown in the documentary Trinkets and Beads. One of the principal goals of this assignment is to analyze the reproduction of stereotypes and to counter these by making native perspective and/or experience an active resource in understanding the development of the Americas. You will need to include context from at least three sources from the course reading material. Essay Checklist: 1. Must provide an original title to your work. 2. 4-5 pages double spaced. 3. Page Numbers. 4. Make sure to cite course materials ONLY. You may not use outside sources. 5. Examples and quotes from the course material must be introduced, do not ?drop quotes? without context or explanation.


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