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A new edition of a classic Canadian title by award-winning Canadian historian Daniel Francis.

The Imaginary Indian The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture new release

First published in 1992, The Imaginary Indian is a 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 19th 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 alcoholic to wise elder, from monosyllabic “squaw” to eloquent princess, from enemy of progress to protector of the environment.

Daniel Francis Daniel Francis is a historian who was shortlisted for the 2010 Canada’s History Pierre Berton Award. His many books include The Encyclopedia of British Columbia, Seeing Reds (page 22), L.D. (page 24), and National Dreams (page 24). He lives in North Vancouver, BC.

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. This new edition, published almost twenty years after the book’s first release, includes a new chapter by the author.

fall 2011 release, note new isbn

isbn 978-1-55152-425-2 6 x 9 | 272 pp | softcover $23.95 • $23.95 us

aboriginal studies history

Francis has done an amazing job of tracing down through Canadian history the perceptions … that the dominant culture had and has of this country’s Aboriginal people. —Drew Hayden Taylor

soc021000 his006000 pub month: november

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