The Pictures Of The Tupinambas And Secota

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The pictures of the Tupinambas and Secota are two of many paintings done by Europeans throughout the time of colonization of the Americas. These paintings, in their whole, were extremely important for the way in which other Europeans would come to see and understand Native American culture. Visual evidence is simply always stronger than any words written on paper, and much more easily circulated. Because of this, the paintings had an incredible effect on European’s desire to deal with native peoples, the way in which they approached them, and ultimately whether or not they believed they could become civilized (or if they already were). These paintings ranged from the two previously mentioned, to paintings of the Inuit at Bloody Creek, of their burial practices, paintings of the Jesuits being tortured, and the image of Pocahontas done after her arrival in England. Each conveys a different view on the Natives, ultimately creating an extremely complex and oftentimes conflicting representation. The picture of the Tupinamba may at first seem ordinary, but when viewed closer, it is evident that there are people being consumed as if they were ordinary food. This painting, which was released on a broadside depicting this tribe within Brazil, would have instantly supported an idea of savagery that the Europeans were already beginning to associate with the Native Americans. Not many travelled to the Americas during this time, or saw anything first hand for themselves, and thus this

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