Aboriginal Women; Past and Present

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This final paper will be focused on the lives of Aboriginal women past and present. I would like to delve into the history of how their culture switched from a matriarchal society to Aboriginal women losing respect and gaining stereotypes. Through this paper I would like to learn about how these stereotypes have come about, why they exist, and what is being done to stop them. I would like to take in this information for myself, as an educator, to teach children of all cultures that any type of stereotyping is wrong and to teach anyone I can about the knowledge I have gained by writing this paper. To initiate my learning and teaching, I will be using a number of sources. First, to discuss the different stereotypes Aboriginal women have…show more content…
Another part of the novel that shows a stereotypical idea about Aboriginal women is when she marries into the Radcliff family. Mrs. Radcliff is clearly not pleased with her son marrying an Aboriginal woman, and it seems that she does not think April deserves to live in the luxury of his home. The interesting part about this section of the novel is that I don’t think April thinks she deserves to live in a place like the Term Paper 4 Radcliff mansion either. This supports the stereotype that all Aboriginal people are poor and on welfare, usually spending most of their money on alcohol. Anderson’s article (2000) The Construction of a Negative Identity starts off with four stereotypical names that Aboriginal women have faced since the sixteenth century: Drunken Squaw, Dirty Indian, Easy, and Lazy. This article helps us to understand where these stereotypes come from. As mentioned earlier, the aboriginal woman used to be seen as a motherly figure who held the power of the Aboriginal people, she was pure, and one with nature. When the European settlers arrived in the sixteenth century, Anderson describes how the vision of the Aboriginal woman is as a Queen, “Exotic, powerful, dangerous and beautiful” and how this represented “American liberty and European virtue” (101). She then describes how as soon as the settlers became more familiar with the land, and wanted to take it over, the image of the queen became the image

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