Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience In Books For ChildrenNov 15th, 2003 | By gspencer | Category: 15-2: Reclaiming Native Health, Media Reviews
Edited by Beverly Slapin and Doris Seale (Santee/Cree)
UCLA American Indian Studies Center (2003). 246 pages
ISBN 0-9356-2646-8, $25
Distributed by Oyate. oyate.org (510) 848-6700
Review by Gwynne Spencer
Compiled by Native parents, educators, poets, and writers, this massive compendium of critical reviews, poems, and essays ought to be on the shelf of every library in every school in every state. In addition to thoroughly trouncing trade book stereotypes of “Indians,” Slapin and Seale provide balanced, detailed reviews of over 100 children’s books, both positive and negative.
Through Indian Eyes includes extensive resource information on publishers and sources of unbiased materials that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. A checklist for evaluating children’s books for anti-Indian bias is helpful, as is their extensive bibliography and listing of Native publishers.
Gwynne Spencer is a freelance reviewer and author of Recipes for Reading (Linworth Publishing, 2002).