By Barbara Kuipers
This annotated bibliography of greater than 2 hundred prompt reference books has been compiled to help public librarians, institution library media experts, and academics in supplying top quality, suitable nonfiction fabrics on American Indians. each one access has whole bibliographic facts and shows topic quarter and interpreting point. Annotations are long and talk about the strengths and weaknesses of every booklet and its strength use within the curriculum. additionally, a whole part is dedicated to standards for choosing books approximately American Indians that keep away from stereotypes and confirm objectivity, and an easy-to-use list for comparing fabrics is integrated.
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Although authors may be accurate in their presentation of historical facts, they may reveal attitudes of prejudice or superiority, resulting in material that will be damaging to the young reader. Stereotypes, prejudices, and loaded vocabulary are keys to the author's attitude. Innuendos missed by the non-Indian reader may harm the Indian child's self-concept or encourage prejudices in the non-Indian. ") Vocabulary also often brings out the writer's attitude, when descriptions such as soldiers' "victories" but Indian "massacres'' and of settlers as "patriots'' but Indians as "murderers" are used.
Passel of the Washington-based Urban Institute and other experts, is noteworthy. People are now more willing to identify themselves as American Indian on census forms. Passel also questions if those listing themselves as American Indian on the census form are actually enrolled by the tribes they claim as members. Most of the unexpected population growth during the past decade occurred in Southern and Eastern states that historically have not had large Native American communities. Some demographers believe that urban Indians in these states opted for Native American identify for the first time in 1990.
Because history, culture, and religion are so interconnected in most native culture, many tribal groups did not and still do not allow recordings, photographs, or written documentation of ceremonies. ) Many writers of Native American materials rely on printed documents and have little personal contact with the actual people they write about. As a result, although these books are often scholarly, they may lack a true understanding of Indian culture. Caldwell-Wood notes that more native writers and illustrators are being published (Caldwell-Wood 1992, 48).