For this research paper discuss how American popular music has misappropriated American Indian culture. In this paper make sure to define these terms: Singing Redface, Racial Antipathy, Idealized Sympathy, Cultural Misappropriation, and Cultural Confusion. In your paper I want you to address what Blackface Minstrelsy and Playing Indian/Singing Redface is and how they are related.
Areas to consider: during the early years of cinema, pre-great depression, after the great depression, during the 60s, during the 90s, and into present day. Describe what cultural reasons existed in each time period that would make Hollywood choose to portray First Nations people in the manner that they did.
Most importantly, think about the summer camp where children “played” at being Indian. What do you think about the camp specifically? What were the children learning about Indigenous culture? What song are they singing? Please support your answer. What do you think of situations where members of one society pretend to be members of another society like this? Please provide an example in our society (past or present) where people pretend to be a different race and how our society views these actions.
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