From My Point of View - Making Sense of Savagery: Native American Cartoons in The Daily Graphic

Event Details

Date: November 01, 2013

Time: 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Location: Gallery 18

Cost: Free with admission

Contact: Gilcrease Museum 918-596-2700


John Coward, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Tulsa will speak.

This lecture examines the meanings of American Indian cartoons in New York City's Daily Graphic, the world's first illustrated daily newspaper. These cartoons, published before and after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, repeated familiar Indian stereotypes even as they shifted from comic and playful Indians to racist and inflammatory portrayals. Only months after the battle, the Graphic's cartoonists began moderating their Indian images, recognizing good "Cooper" Indians as well as bad "Custer" Indians. These visual shifts reveal the nation's long-standing ambivalence toward Indians and their place in nineteenth-century American society.

From My Point of View is an informal presentation and audience participation is welcome. Bring a sack lunch to eat while you learn! (Note: Food/Drinks carried through the museum must be in closed containers.)

Free and open to the public with paid museum admission.