Ethnocentrism in The Indian in the Cupboard

Ah, The Indian in the Cupboard (1980) by Lynne Reid Banks . . . where do I begin?  Do I start with the rampant racism and stereotypes, the taking of the name of “God” in vain (in a children’s book of all places), the anti-feminist overtones, or the pure delight in my daughter’s eyes and... Continue Reading →

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Ancient Stories and Science: How Do They Fit Together?

This is one angry man. When he spoke at Stanford University on the Indian relationship with the land, his first question from the audience was “a person asking whether I didn’t think running hundreds of buffalo over a cliff was wasteful” (113).  He found the question to be snide, disrespectful, and full of assumptions, as... Continue Reading →

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