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A study of Native American images and representations in the works of Byrd Baylor

Abstract:
My research looks at Byrd Baylor's depictions of Indian people, their life styles and views about themselves and the rest of society, and how these depictions relate to the long history of non-Natives representing Native Americans. Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr., in his book The White Man's Indian: Images of the American Indian from Columbus to the Present, gives an intricate analysis of language, scientific concepts, art, literature and government policy, by examining the continuity in White attitudes and actions over the past 500 years. Berkhofer's research and findings serve as a frame of reference for my review of selected works of Byrd Baylor, a writer who has long lived in the Southwest and who frequently writes about Native Americans for young audiences. Baylor portrays Native American characters, art, traditions and cultural values in her writing.

Author: 

Sandra Norberg Beecher

Chair: 

Larry Evers

Publication: 

thesis

Year: 

1995

Arizona State Museum: 

M9791 B44s
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences