Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
Analysis of this cartoon (click to see the complete Sunday cartoon):
Indian in a blanket: Typically a Plains Indian. A stereotype, but not a problem by itself. Goes with the tipi—so far, so good.
The chief: The idea of a chief and his eligible daughter is a classic stereotype from countless movies and romance novels. Are there no eligible women in any tribe except the chief's daughter? Is no chief's daughter ever to make her own decision without her father giving her "hand" in marriage?
I suspect a Zulu cartoon would come off as stereotypical, implying Africans are more primitive than they really are. I suspect that's why cartoonists avoid such historical subjects. The question is why centuries-old Native cultures are still fair game. The implication is that Indians are past, not present—that no one will care if a cartoonist fictionalizes their history because no one is alive to care. That's not true, of course.
Another Herman cartoon appeared in this contest back in April. Looks like Herman has done it again.
Native comic strips vs. comic books
Tipis, feather bonnets, and other Native American stereotypes
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