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DOUBLE TAB TO ZOOM ON PHONE OR TABLET such as “Redskin.” Redskin is an extremely offensive term. It refers to the bounty historically paid by Europeans for the skins of American Indians (Bigelow and Peterson 1998, 58–59). § Language Stereotypes of Native American languages involve use of terms such as “how” and “ugh,” war whoops, and broken-English language structures. For example, in the well-known The Indian in the Cupboard (Banks 1980, 20), the Indian continually speaks in broken English, such as, “I better. You not better. You still big. You stop eat. Get right size.” All of these language stereotypes are extremely offensive and perpetuate the idea that Native peoples are uncivilized, all speak the same language, and don’t have highly developed languages. Native peoples speak hundreds of different languages. § Homes Non-Native children often believe that all American Indian people live in tipis. There is a reason for this erroneous idea. Books, cartoons, and movies typically show all Native peoples living in the past, most often in the tipi, the traditional abode of the plains Nations. For example, What Can You Do with a Pocket? (Merriam 1964) shows generic Indians in front of tipis. Some teachers try to counter this by studying the historic abodes of various Native Nations. Few teachers or books, however, show the homes of Native peoples today. Books such as A House Is a House for Me (Hoberman 1978), still being sold in bookstores as of this writing, continue to lock Native peoples in houses of the past: An igloo’s a house for an Eskimo. A tepee’s a house for a Cree. A pueblo’s a house for a Hopi. And a wigwam may hold a Mohee. This stanza is clearly an attempt on the author’s part to reflect the diversity of Native Nations, and perhaps to counter the prevalent image that all Native peoples traditionally lived in tipis. However, the attempt is flawed because the author portrays Native peoples in the past and not in the present. A House Is a House for Me is a clear example of how a well-meant effort to diversify curriculum can go badly astray if all the factors are not considered. Chapter 1: Native American Issues in Early Childhood Education § 13 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL