Summary: Columbus called them "Indians" because his geography was faulty. That name and, more importantly, the images it has come to suggest have endured for five centuries, not only obscuring the true identity of the original Americans but serving as an ideological weapon in their subjugation. Berkhofer's account illustrates the self-serving stereotypes Europeans and white Americans have concocted about the "Indian": Noble Savage or bloodthirsty redskin, ...show morehe was deemed inferior in the light of western, Christian civilization and manipulated for the benefit of his oppressor. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 78
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