Through A European Lens


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Through A European Lens
Daniel Francis, in the introduction to Taking the Image, the Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture, notes that “The Indian is the invention of the European”. From this statement, an essential truth may be gleamed. Namely, the fact that the Indian has, often, very little to do with a First Nations individual. And because of this separation, between the imagined and the real, there has grown a warped, and yet accepted, history constructed about First Nations peoples. From the earliest moments of contact the European has constructed, and presented as truth, its own particular image of the First Nations peoples. In turn, this image has become pervasive in Canadian society – even affecting...
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.....oundations of the First Nations are still active today, even in scholarly investigations. A greater appreciation of the myth will allow for it to be separated from the actual history – so that, the myth may be investigated as a myth and the history investigated as history.
Conrad, M and Finkel A. History of the Canadian Peoples: Beginnings to 1867. Toronto: Addison Wesley Longman, 2009, 5th edition.
Francis, Daniel. The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992.
Wheeler, Winona. “Reflections on the Social Relations of Indigenous Oral Histories” In Foundations: Readings in Pre-Confederation Canadian History, Vol 1, 2nd edition, edited by Conrad M and Finkel A, 18-30, 2008.