The Power of Stereotypes to Shape Identity: Developing Awareness & Understanding of Native Americans

Tuesday, January 227:00—8:30 PMMeeting RoomTewksbury Public Library300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA, 01876

What does it means to be sensitive and respectful of Native Americans? What we have learned about Native Americans and what we think we know, is often inaccurate or even offensive. But how do we know? Terms such as "Indian," "totem pole," "tribe," "pioneer," and "costume" may seem benign, when, in fact, there is a larger context of deculturalization and cultural appropriation that needs to be acknowledged and integrated into discussions. Begin to unlearn, and then relearn, the First Nations story through a critical analysis of images, history, and words used in the English language. Led by Claudia A. Fox Tree, M.Ed., who has taught anti-racism and multicultural education courses to teachers, school staff, and at the college level for over twenty-five years. Claudia is on the board of the Massachusetts Center for Native Americans (http://www.mcnaa.org) and the Massachusetts liaison for the United Confederation of TaĆ­no People (UCTP http://www.uctp.org). Learn more about Claudia HERE. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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