Unless you lived in some urban, egalitarian, utopian community, you probably go teased when you were little – especially around Thanksgiving time. “Indians” were the theme of many songs, crafts and activities – and there were several levels of teasing, from simple questions like “Do you live in a teepee?” to the more blatant, racist forms – my lease favourite of which was the yodeling (the “aw-wa-wa-wa-wa…,” coupled with flapping hands over the mouth). Awful.
These days, even though most schools use the term “Native American,” I’ll bet the “Indian” word still slips out sometimes. I only hope parents and educators are teaching kids to be more tolerant these days. But whatever situation my kids face, I’d want them to be armed with facts and knowledge – the best defense as my father always says.
I chanced upon these 2 books from the our local library: More Than Moccasins (a craft book with very simple, doable activities) which is worth purchasing and If You Lived With The Cherokee (this is part of series – the other books feature other Native American tribes). The latter is perhaps a bit over-simplified, but just right for kids 4-8.
So, no, we are not “that kind of Indian.”
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