CANA 1F91 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Ernest Thompson Seton, Chris Eyre, Gary Farmer

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Cana 1F91 Lecture #5
“Canada and the Imaginary Indian”
Objective:
- To discuss the imaginary Indian
- To discuss the effect that the imaginary Indian has had on first nations
Resistance
Self-Representative Images
Key Terms:
- Imaginary Indian
- Wild West Shows
- Smoke Signals
 Imaginary Indian
- Indians viewed as “Good” or “Bad”
- Indians as a source of values that are believed to have been lost
- Indian represents what white people are not
 Common Images
- Indians are a dying race (seen a lot in 19th century)
- Indians live in the past (historical identity)
- Indians are romanticized or depicted as savages (in movies, novels)
- Indians have a monolithic culture (portrayed wearing costumes and clothing -single culture)
 The Imaginary Indian in Euro-Canadian Culture
- Paintings
- Fairs
- Museums
- Movies
- Camps
- Textbooks
 Painters
- Paul Kane (1810-1871)
Contributes to the romanticization of the Indian image
Promotes the belief that the Indian is vanishing (linked to belief that aboriginal race was a
dying race; the white person must preserve native culture by painting it before its gone)
- Reviewer: “One must make haste to few one Redman. Their tribe, not long since still masters a
whole world, are disappearing rapidly, driven back and destroyed
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