Friday, November 19, 2010

Jokers to the left of me, jokers to the right

Leila pointed me to this case in Seattle of Brave New World being yanked from the curriculum for being insensitive re Native Americans. The Prez has already gotten in trouble (per usual) with Fox News for the inclusion in his new picture book of Sitting Bull (http://nation.foxnews.com/media/2010/11/15/obama-praises-indian-chief-who-killed-us-general); I'm wondering if that same spread is going to get him in trouble from progressives as well, as illustrator Loren Long chose to depict Sitting Bull as a sort of landscape, with buffalo for eyes, hills and cracked earth for nose and mouth, and some pine trees placed so they form eyebrows (and, dare I say, boogers). It's the old one-with-nature stereotype, which wouldn't be so bad had all of the other subjects of the book not been depicted realistically. If you're there, Debbie Reese, what do you think?

3 comments:

Debbie Reese said...

Hi Roger,

My husband and I spent today in NYC at the Urban Academy. Outstanding place! Our daughter is headed your way for the Yale Harvard game tomorrow.

We were on the road when the story broke about Obama's book. I haven't seen it yet so can't say...

Re BRAVE NEW WORLD, it is on my too-long list of books to read. Years back, I learned (via an Amazon search) that one of the tribes in it is mine! But I haven't read it (yet).

Debbie Reese said...

Roger... my initial thoughts are up now:

http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2010/11/loren-longs-illustration-of-sitting.html

Anonymous said...

Sitting Bull didn't actually fight in the Battle of Little Bighorn. If that battle had a military leader, it was Crazy Horse.