American Indians: Stereotypes & Realities (Anglais) Broché – décembre 1996
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While I understand, and can appreciate, the value of dispelling stereotypes of such a diverse and misunderstood peoples, I have difficulty in swallowing what the author is trying to give her readers. During the introduction, Devon admits to writing the book in anger due to she and her husband having become exasperated by the misconceptions that non-Indians have about Indians. This has sadly colored the tone of the book thus far.
It is also difficult to take much of the information seriously when absolutely nothing is cited. The author makes many claims, some of which I know to be true from past readings, that are largely unsupported; A list of "suggested readings" at the end of each chapter does not begin to make up for the lack of scholarly integrity. This is not to say that she is fabricating facts, but it merely makes me highly skeptical.
A point that gripes me very much is her dismissal of migration theories as nonsense. The author takes an almost derisive tone when lamenting that modern scholars do not consider oral history to be reliable, seemingly pushing us to support some ludicrous superstition of polygenesis.
Despite it all though, I do think it's interesting to explore the subject of American Indian stereotypes from the other perspective, and it has increased some of my interest in those richly cultured peoples. The book is merely to be taken with a large grain of salt.