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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 13. What is the origin of common stereotypes of Native American religious life?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43128


This entry will discuss representations of Native traditions that have had a major influence on popular conceptions of Native American religions: museums and popular media. It will cover representations of Native American traditions in museums, literature, and movies, especially Westerns, which popularized the stereotype of Plains warriors. It will also encourage readers to consider how and why representations exist and some ideas for thinking about them critically.

Chapter Contributors

  • Sarah Dees ( - sdees) 'Iowa State University'