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The purpose of this study was to examine how Native American women were portrayed in contemporary fiction written for young children. The study was limited to books published between 1989 and 1999. Content analysis was used to obtain data for this study. Twenty-three Native American female characters from twenty books were included in the population sample. The study was to determine if a majority of books would portray Native American women accurately based on current demographic data. It also sought to determine if the majority of contemporary fiction books would continue to display stereotypic portrayals of Native American women and if books written by Native American authors would be free of such stereotypes. Findings indicate that the books do not portray Native women accurately based on current demographic data. The books written by either non-Native or Native American authors did not display stereotypic portrayals of Native women. Fifteen Native American authors and illustrators were represented in this study.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara R. Safford


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