The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture

Daniel Francis


The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture

The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture

  • Title: The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture
  • Author: Daniel Francis
  • ISBN: 9780889782518
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback



Now entering a seventh printing, and with over 18,000 copies sold, The Imaginary Indian is a fascinating, revealing history of the Indian image mythologized by popular Canadian culture since 1850, propagating stereotypes that exist to this day Images of the Indian have always been fundamental to Canadian culture From the paintings and photographs of the nineteenth ceNow entering a seventh printing, and with over 18,000 copies sold, The Imaginary Indian is a fascinating, revealing history of the Indian image mythologized by popular Canadian culture since 1850, propagating stereotypes that exist to this day Images of the Indian have always been fundamental to Canadian culture From the paintings and photographs of the nineteenth century to the Mounted Police sagas and the spectacle of Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show from the performances of Pauline Johnson, Grey Owl, and Buffalo Long Lance to the media images of Oka and Elijah Harper the Imaginary Indian is ever with us, oscillating throughout our history from friend to foe, from Noble Savage to bloodthirsty warrior, from debased alchoholic to wise elder, from monosyllabic squaw to eloquent princess, from enemy of progress to protector of the environment The Imaginary Indian has been, and continues to be as Daniel Francis reveals in this book just about anything the non Native culture has wanted it to be and the contradictory stories non Natives tell about Imaginary Indians are really stories about themselves and the uncertainties that make up their cultural heritage This is not a book about Native people it is the story of the images projected upon Native people and the desperate uses to which they are put The Imaginary Indian is an essential title for aboriginal studies in Canada Now in its 7th printing.


Recent Comments "The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture"

Interesting overview of the way in which the settlers and Canadians created their own interpretation of the Aboriginal population, however I found it glazed over some of the more traumatic and problematic aspects of the settler/Aboriginal relationship. Full of info but slightly white-washed and sugar-coated.

The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture (originally published in 1992, re-issued in 2011) is an interesting study of how First Nations Canadians have been portrayed in many facets of Canadian culture through history. It’s widely used as a textbook and tries its hardest to be sensitive to the potential problems that arise from being a book on First Nations written by white men (the use of the term “Indian” is only used to refer to the white-constructed image of Abo [...]

This book forced me to look from a different view that I truly didn't think would happen. Living in Ontario I was constantly told that I was horrible for what my past relatives have done. I had seen racism but it was never that prominent in my area. I had taken a diversity class that explained certain problems but I never looked at the image of the indigenous people until reading this. book.

It is a notable characteristic of colonies of settlement that their indigenous peoples are often used as a way to mark distinctiveness even when there seems to have been a colonial policy of extermination (the US is an exception to the first but not second part of that statement). In this engaging, accessible and carefully developed account Francis explores various ways that the Canadian state (and its colonial predecessors) grasped the means to define 'Indianness' by writing them out of the pas [...]

The Imaginary Indian, by Daniel Francis, is an amazing history of the mythical North American Indigenous People, often called Indians. Or, should I say, this is the version of Indians that late nineteenth and early twentieth century North Americans believed Indians to be. One of the most interesting aspects dealt with the contribution to understanding West Coast Indians better, as seen by the famous Canadian painter Emily Carr. Emily Carr wanted to preserve the architecture of the Indians and sh [...]

A good overview of mainstream images of Native Americans (Canadians). I especially appreciated the Canadian-centricity - aiming a lens north of our border to bring into focus events from a new point of view.

Great book, easy to read and understand, well organized and full of information contrasting the first nations of Canada with the indians of Canadian imagination. I quite enjoyed it.

The author being white felt wrong some how


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