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Unlearning ‘Indian’ Stereotypes

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MP4: $4.95

Publication Date: December 5, 2008

From the people who brought you Rethinking Columbus…

Narrated by Native American children, Unlearning “Indian” Stereotypes is a multimedia DVD.

It teaches about racial stereotypes and provides an introduction to Native American history through the eyes of children. Included are teaching ideas, lessons, valuable photo images for classroom use, and resources.

Useful for elementary through adult education.

“Unlearning “Indian” Stereotypes is an exceptionally useful tool for the classroom. It is eye-opening and eloquent in its simplicity and its clarity. It remains as timely – and needed – today as it was when it was first produced more than three decades ago.”

Joseh Bruchac (Abenaki) Poet, novelist, storyteller; co-author of Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children


“A complete resource for teachers who to confront stereotypes in classrooms.”

Teaching Tolerance magazine


“My organization purchased copies of this DVD for distribution throughout the U.S. as part of a two-year educational project within the United Methodist Church on ‘Native American Survival’. These materials for educating children, youth and adults about the reality of the history of indigenous peoples in this country were a wonderful resource which we highly recommend to others.”

Rev. Anita Phillips, Executive Director, Native American Comprehensive Plan of the United Methodist Church


“For almost 30 years, I’ve hauled out the filmstrip projector to play Unlearning ‘Indian’ Stereotypes, and every year my students are blown away by the power of it. Now, we’ve turned this film strip into a DVD so that everyone will have access to the wisdom of these Native children.”


Bob Peterson, 5th grade teacher, La Escuela Fratney, Milwaukee Public Schools Editor, Rethinking Schools



“Nobody speaks with the eloquence and power of children. The words these Native children spoke 30 years ago are relevant in a society that, unfortunately, still reveres stereotypes of American Indians.”

— Debbie Reese (NanbŽ îw”ngeh), Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


“Any educators interested in helping their students think critically about the racist and offensive images and portrayals of American Indians that persist today should obtain a copy of Unlearning ‘Indian’ Stereotypes. The professionals at Rethinking Schools, who brought us Rethinking Columbus, deserve kudos for their continued focus on American Indian-related teaching topics. Thanks for bringing this social justice-oriented treasure back to life.”

Ron Jetty (Spirit Lake Dakota/Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Ph.D., Teaching and Learning Consultant, Wisconsin Education Association Council

From the people who brought you Rethinking Columbus…

Narrated by Native American children, the DVD Unlearning “Indian” Stereotypes teaches about racial stereotypes and provides an introduction to Native American history through the eyes of children.

In addition to the digitalized filmstrip, this DVD also includes:

  • A transcript of the DVD with teaching notes from the original teacher guide published in 1977.
  • A folder with jpegs of valuable photos from the filmstrip so that teachers and students may reprint and use them in print or digital presentations.
  • An article “Teaching Native American Issues in an Elementary Classroom” by Bob Peterson, taken from Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years.
  • An article “Teaching Young Children about Native Americans” by Debbie Reese.
  • A listing of additional Internet resources on bias and Native Americans.
  • A listing of select books of interest.

Useful for elementary through adult education.

Originally produced by the Council on Interracial Books for Children in 1977.
Enhanced by Rethinking Schools in 2008.

12 minutes, plus teaching guide.