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Filtering by Tag: diversity in children's books

Native Americans in Children's Books

Debra Jacobs

Indigenous characters rarely appear in children’s literature. When they do (or when white or animal characters dress up as Native Americans for Halloween, for example, as in Popcorn by Frank Asch), they often show up as stereotypes, with feather headdresses, war paint, and fringed clothing. Seldom do we see distinctions drawn between the 562 Native American tribes and their variety of languages, customs, histories, and ways of life.

Begin now to include stories in your collection (or from the library) with Native children as the lead characters, and to educate your children about the rich diversity and cultural practices of native tribes.

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