Indians in Unexpected Places

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Indian in Unexpected PlacesNameCourseTutorDateIndian in Unexpected PlacesDuring the time of white settlement in America, the native Indians faced unprecedented challenges in staking their claim in a world that was rapidly being influenced by the settlers' culture. The white Americans opted to regard the native Indians as a people who were passive, contained, defeated and incapable of contributing anything of refute at the time (Deloria 8). In his book, "Indians in Unexpected Places", Philip J. Deloria addresses the plight of the Indians and how they strived to become recognized as people who were capable of embracing the elements of modernity at the time such as technology, film and mass media. Indians were wrongly judged by as inept by the "popular culture" of the time. During the late 19th century and early 20th century, the white population became inclined to the ideas that native Indians were inferior in many aspects during to the manner in which they approached matters. The reaction of the whites towards Indians points more to automatic stereotyping without getting to understand their potential and reservations. Being Indian in the American popular society at the time was equivalent to settling for second or third in preference considerations. The stereotyping resulted from the Americans having their constructs or "expectations" about the ideals of the modern mainstream life. Deloria notes that "These expectations have concerned, among other things, Native techn

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