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OLLI class dismisses Native American stereotypes
Special to the Courier

How we recognize those whom we call "Indian" has probably come from our experiences with media and not from real life. Students of this OLLI class will discover that John Wayne, Sal Mineo, Randolph Scott, Jimmy Stewart and many other Anglos have played the part of Native Americans, sometimes accurately and sometimes badly according to historical fact. Athletic teams call themselves "Warriors, Reds, Scalpers," and other iconic terms invented by non-natives, which help create our images of native people.

Further images have come from artists, historical journals, dime novels, teachers who mean well but fall into stereotypes, comic books and other literature where often lurid terms such as "brutal, savage, bloodthirsty, pagan, naked and ignorant" have been the outcome of our mental pictures of indigenous people.

If you are interest in learning why "vanishing race" and "noble savage" are never appropriate terms, come join this stimulating class and learn some interesting facts in order to re-image your image of Native Americans.

Call the Osher Lifelong Learning Office at Yavapai College to request a catalog explaining more about this class as well as explanations about over 40 other offerings presented during this upcoming six-week session.

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) is a peer directed membership organization at Yavapai College's Prescott campus and NAU's Prescott Valley building, next to the library. OLLI offers over 200 peer facilitated classes during a five, 6 - week sessions a year. For more information or to get on the mailing list please call 717-7634.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: jerome thailing

Thank you, Vaughn, for your wonderful OLLI coverage for the Prescott "Daily Courier." It's great that our story is getting into the community. Check the "Sedona Red Rock News" for December 26, 2012,
for more great OLLI coverage.

Jerome Thailing
Sedona-Verde Valley OLLI

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Kane

Thank you Vaughn for your work on this subject and Louise for her tenacity getting it published.
OLLI is a great public service, a gymnasium for
the mind, and a place to gather and share life experiences.

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