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The Vanishing Canadian

From: The Imaginary Indian


This chapter calls out the 18th and 19th artists like Paul Kane, Edward Curtis, and others for taking the Indian image and manipulating and displaying in any way they wanted. The image-makers returned from Indian Country with their images and displayed them as actual representations of the way Indians really were. Fanciful as they were in so many respects, these images nevertheless became the Indian for most non-Native Canadians who knew no other.



Daniel Francis

Daniel Francis is an historian and the author/editor of more than twenty books, including five for Arsenal Pulp Press: The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture , National Dreams: Myth, Memory and Canadian History, LD: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver (winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award), Seeing Reds: The Red Scare of 1918-1919, Canada's First War on Terror and Imagining Ourselves: Classics of Canadian Non-Fiction. His other books include A Road for Canada, Red Light Neon: A History of Vancouver's Sex Trade, Copying People: Photographing British Columbia First Nations 1860-1940, The Great Chase: A History of World Whaling, New Beginnings: A Social History of Canada, and the popular Encyclopedia of British Columbia. He is also a regular columnist in Geist magazine, and was shortlisted for Canada's History Pierre Berton Award in 2010. Daniel lives in North Vancouver, BC.