“I finally started going through my classroom’s library and was pretty appalled to find this book (along with the typical Indian the Cupboard and Little House on the Prairie-esque books). I teach 4th grade on the Rosebud Reservation; 100% of my students are Lakota. The book purports to give a history of Native Americans and a guide to Native crafts, but what it ends up being is a veritable handbook for white kids to “play Indian.” All the photos are of white kids dressed up as Indians! I can’t find one picture (other than the historical ones, of course) of a Native American child. Even more disturbingly, the descriptions make it sound as if these white kids are authentic representations of Indian clothing, etc. The worst thing is that this book is (now was, ugh) in the library of a classroom full of Lakota children. It’s like hey kids, these pictures of white kids can teach you how to be Indian better than your own people!”
Katie pointed out that the caption with the boy reads: “Plains warriors carried spears and hide shield and wore elaborate headdresses for ceremonial occasions”, implying that he IS a “plains warrior”.