The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture

TitleThe Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHorton, C
ISBN Number0005-2949
KeywordsBook reviews, Books, Native peoples
Abstract

  Whether in writing, painting, film, advertising, performance, or policy, Francis posits, "the Imaginary Indian" has said much more about white aims, assumptions, and anxieties than it has about actual indigenous peoples. Readers, then, could effectively complement it with more recent literature like Paige Raibmon's 2005 Authentic Indians: Episodes of Encounter from the Late NineteenthCentury North-west Coast, a study that simultaneously stresses indigenous agency in contexts including the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, discussed briefly by Francis (no), and puts a sharper point on the material and political implications of "Imaginary Indianness."