Indian Stereotypes Used in the Press

Stereotypes in the Media

An article about the Shaker Church near Olympia:

Olympian Helps Indian Men of the Shaker Church Daily Olympian 2-27-17

An Indian has no imagination and therefore must have noise and realities to move his spirit, according to Milton Giles, of this city, the only white member of the Shaker faith in the state of Washington. . . .

Walter Dick, Charley Johnson, Fred Schuster and Antoine Peppomal, Puget Sound Indians, living on the Klamath reservation, were ordered off the Indian reservation by the superintendent, who alleged that they made so much noise with their yelps, ringing of bells and other religious services that it was impossible to have them around.

Milton Giles was consulted and immediately [asked] to get the banishment repealed.

[Giles was quoted as saying] “The superintendent was afraid that they would be carried away by their religion and rise up against the whites. That is foolish. The Shaker Indians are well educated. They write me letters on the typewriter all the time. They are progressive. They have their automobiles. They would not revolt against the white man, for they appreciate what he has done for them.”

A Scholarly Article About the Impact of Disease on Native Americans:

Indian Diseases As Aids to Pacific Northwest Settlement Oregon Historical Quarterly 1920s?

Without this desolation (disease) of the savages, settlement by ox-team pioneers would have been delayed one or two decades, and then would have encountered the protracted horrors of savage warfare. . . .

Therefore, one need not shed tears over the fate of the red man. The modern composers of tender songs and the writers of sobby fiction shed such tears-at so much per. . . The pioneer settlers and their honored memories are entitled to our respect and allegiance. The settlers solved their Indian problem in a practical way-be defending their own scalps, and subduing the enemy.

Always it will a source of thanksgiving that the destruction of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest by diseases spared the pioneer settlers the horrors of a strong and malignant foe.

An Anthropology Story:

When Women Wore Kilts in Oregon The Sunday Oregonian 6-24-34

In Any Event, the Costumes of the Coast Indian Were Very Odd, Indeed . . .

An Anthropology Story:

Puget Sound Indians Has Strange Customs Seattle Times 1-1-53

The early Puget Sound Indian would never work if there were clams for his klootchman. . . .[The only thing the male did not think below his dignity was fishing. In this he permitted no co-operation from his squaw. . .]

The klootchman became decrepit in appearance, bowed in form from her heavy labors and an unsociable as a black bear.

The squaw doted on loud colors and was obsessed with anything bright and showy. She aged early and, after her first 16 years, all traces of her feminine charm had passed.

A Weather Story:

Scalping Winds End Our Indian Summer Daily Olympian 10-21-63

Indian summer with its peaceful days is over. For the next few days, winds on the warpath will be moving through the area, ready to scalp anything with a poorly died down top

A Travel Story:

The Leaves are Red as War Paint Daily Olympian 9-20-64

A Sports Story:

Royals to Face Ambush Inclined Indians Seattle Times 10-7-65

The cardinals will seek their fourth straight win tomorrow night against Rentonís ambush-inclined Indians

A Picture Caption:

One Chief Talks, Another Listens Seattle Post-Intelligencer 3-4-64

Gov. Albert Rosellini, addressing a protest meeting of some 2,000 Indians and whites at the State Capitol yesterday, has an ardent listener in Chief Bob Satiacom of the Puyallup Tribe.

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