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hite historians, schools, and writers have produced works that teach inaccurate and biased subjects that surround Native American history and culture. While most of this inaccurate and racist writing comes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Indigenous authors, both past and present, have written works that have the potential to give more historically accurate and thorough representations of their people and culture. This thesis examines three novels written by Indigenous authors to argue for using Native American fiction to correct misrepresentation of Native culture by white writers. In contrast to both novels and histories written by white people, Native American fiction can give a more accurate picture of U.S. history. This may look like a contradiction--using fiction to teach fact--but Native American novels are often correcting "historical facts" written by white historians that are actually fictions or at the very least biased points of view.
DeMocker, Charles, "The Use of Native American Literature for Teaching Native American History" (2022). Senior Honors Theses. 139.