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Stereotype of the Month Entry

Another Stereotype of the Month entry:

http://www.indianmotorcycles.com [link no longer works]

What's wrong with this picture? I wouldn't say it's the mere existence of a brand called "Indian Motorcycles." I don't think many Native people would rank this (or the Jeep Cherokee, or the Pontiac Firebird, or...) among the top 100 or 1,000 problems in Indian country, if they thought about it at all.

But let's catalog some of the stereotypical ideas this product embodies:

Actually, one could argue that Indian cultures stress the qualities of community and interdependence much more than individuality and independence. And much more than Western cultures do. After all, which cultures feature people revering their elders and which features old folks shuffling off to nursing homes? In which do people carry babies on cradleboards and in which do they throw babies in dumpsters?

These are stereotypical images too, but they contain a measure of truth in them. All good stereotypes do.

Related links
The big chief
Hercules vs. Coyote:  Native and Euro-American beliefs

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