Writing Off the Indian
From: The Imaginary Indian
In this chapter, the author dispassionately examines the early “image makers”—the writers who travelled through Native nations to give first-hand account of the Native Peoples. The Europeans agreed that the red man was not going to last for long. The literature that emerged as a result was riddled with half-perceptions and white man’s bias. The author also talks about the “Christianizing” of the “Indians” at the hands of Christian missionaries.
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.