Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
Unlike many Bizarros, this one isn't too bad. It's here because of the accretion of several small, questionable stereotypes.
The problems don't include the main joke: confusing two kinds of "rugs." Navajo rugs aren't sacred and this cartoon makes a legitimate pun about them. It may not be funny, but it's the kind of humor common in many cultures, including Indian cultures.
The problems do include:
By itself, one of these semi-stereotypes might not be enough to make this cartoon stereotypical. It's possible to justify any of them with the "some Indians and Indian locations look like this" argument. But taking all of them together, I find this cartoon to be more stereotypical than not.
Tipis, feather bonnets, and other Native American stereotypes
Native comic strips vs. comic books
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