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Unlearning 'Indian' Stereotypes


From the people who brought you Rethinking Columbus...

Narrated by Native American children, the DVD Unlearning "Indian" Stereotypes teaches about racial stereotypes and provides an introduction to Native American history through the eyes of children. In addition to the digitalized filmstrip, this DVD also includes:

  • A transcript of the DVD with teaching notes from the original teacher guide published in 1977.

  • A folder with jpegs of valuable photos from the filmstrip so that teachers and students may reprint and use them in print or digital presentations.

  • An article "Teaching Native American Issues in an Elementary Classroom" by Bob Peterson, taken from Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years.

  • An article "Teaching Young Children about Native Americans" by Debbie Reese.

  • A listing of additional Internet resources on bias and Native Americans.

  • A listing of select books of interest.

Useful for elementary through adult education.

Originally produced by the Council on Interracial Books for Children in 1977.
Enhanced by Rethinking Schools in 2008.

12 minutes, plus teaching guide.


"My organization purchased copies of this DVD for distribution throughout the U.S. as part of a two-year educational project within the United Methodist Church on 'Native American Survival'. These materials for educating children, youth and adults about the reality of the history of indigenous peoples in this country were a wonderful resource which we highly recommend to others."

Rev. Anita Phillips, Executive Director, Native American Comprehensive Plan of the United Methodist Church

"For almost 30 years, I've hauled out the filmstrip projector to play Unlearning 'Indian' Stereotypes, and every year my students are blown away by the power of it. Now, we've turned this film strip into a DVD so that everyone will have access to the wisdom of these Native children."

Bob Peterson, 5th grade teacher, La Escuela Fratney, Milwaukee Public Schools; Editor, Rethinking Schools