Are generalizations about all American Indians made on the culture of one tribe or tribal group?

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Are generalizations about all American Indians made on the culture of one tribe or tribal group?

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The U.S. Government recognizes over 500 tribes. Culture and beliefs vary from tribe to tribe. Check for tipis on the desert and war bonnets in the Eastern Woodlands. • Are tribes and culture groups presented in an oversimplified way? Are the members all craftspeople, warriors or medicine people? Tribal societies were, and still are, complex. • Are American Indians in fiction and biography portrayed as real human beings with strengths and weaknesses, dreams and disappointments and joys and sorrows or are they one-dimensional characters? One-dimensional characters are usually stereotypes or token characters, dropped into a book so it can be labeled multicultural. • Does the book portray American Indians as decision makers or are they viewed as pitiful, passive and defeated victims? Beware of books that describe Indian people as a vanishing race or imply it. American Indians have not vanished. To be spoken of as invisible is demeaning. • Are American Indian heroes and heroines who helped

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