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Ignoble Savage: The Squaw
 
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The Squaw
The Ignoble Savage: The Squaw

The Squaw is the ignoble counterpart to the Indian Princess, representing a schism in American popular culture's depiction of the Native Woman. The Squaw is primitive, old, ugly, and totally lacking in grace, refinement, or eroticism. The squaw is a papoose breeder. She is often shown slaving away over domestic chores while her husband slack off. She sometimes has a papoose strapped to her back while working. To that end, the Squaw sometimes serves as a tool by which the Indian male can be depicted as lazy and lacking moral character. In Bill Nye's History of the United States (1884), the Squaw caricature was used to disprove the Indian Princess caricature.

 

The Indian girl of story v. fact, 1894
The Indian girl of story v. fact, 1894
Imagery
The 1882 Stereoview below is from the series which tells the story of Sitting Bull in captivity. Titled "Women's Rights," women are shown working, accompanied by the following explanation. "Two squaws sitting beside their tepee, resting after carrying the wood seen beside them on their backs, as seen in view No.19, for half a mile, while their liege lords and master (the noble red men), are smoking." This satirical description was part of a growing theme in American popular culture in which the Indian male was singled out for negative stereotyping as being lazy. The 1910 tobacco card next to it contains the same message.
1882 Stereoview: Women's Rights
1882 Stereoview: Women's Rights
1910 Tobacco Card: Squaw Fleshing a Robe
1910 Tobacco Card: Squaw Fleshing a Robe (2 views)
Postcard: Injun Heap Like Dog
Postcard: Injun Heap Like Dog (lower-left corner)
Postcard: Indians Selling Beadwork, Yuma, AZ
Postcard: Indians Selling Beadwork, Yuma, AZ
Fruit Crate Label: Squaw Peas
Fruit Crate Label: Squaw Peas
LP Record: "Your Squaw Is On The Warpath Tonight" by Loretta Lynn (1969)
LP Record: "Your Squaw Is On The Warpath Tonight" by Loretta Lynn (1969)
       
 
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