How will these resources help you?
Teaching this topic is clearly relevant to discussions of empire, but is perhaps particularly topical in the context of discussions about cultural appropriation. Clearly, this needs to be approached with sensitivity, but doing so provides an opportunity for mature discussion about an important and still-relevant topic. While most of these resources concern North America and India, they could be applied to anywhere that white Europeans colonised, and students may be able to identify the possible results of settlers ‘going native’ in the world around them today.
Two film reviews
Dances with Wolves
by Angela Aleiss, published by the Library of Congress, (2016)
John Dubar’s mystical transformation in ‘Dances with Wolves’
by Shea Vassar, published by Film School Rejects, (22 July 2020)
An example of ‘going native’
‘White Savage’: Going Native
by Caleb Cain, published by the New York Times, (16 October 2005)
Indigenous Americans in the US imagination
Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination
by Shari M. Huhndorf, published by Cornell University Press, (2001), 9780801486951
‘Going native’: two of the most famous examples
‘Going native’ in the British Empire: David Livingstone and T.E. Lawrence revisited
by Antony Volpe, published by City University of New York (CUNY) City College, (2014)
Text © Christopher Terry, 2021.