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The Noble Savage: The Indian Princess
 
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The Indian Princess
Noble Savage: The Indian Princess

The Indian Princess is the female counterpart to The Brave caricature. In the late 19th Century the nostalgic romanticizing of nature, and of the Indians that had once been found in nature, recreated Indians in all of their "natural" glory, as noble savages, mythical icons of America's wilderness past. This phenomenon allowed Americans to largely forget the ugly consequences of their expansionist past. Additionally, even though the Noble Savage is defended as being a "positive" stereotype, the result is historical amnesia and the dehumanization of real people who still exist. By cementing the Indian as an "other" from the past, it allows modern society to largely ignore the existence and plight of Native Americans today. The Indian Princess caricature is rooted in the legend of Pocahontas, who is most often cast in American popular culture as a supporter of European interests. She is strong, beautiful, and possesses an exotic sexuality that both emphasizes her "otherness," and yet serves as a forbidden fantasy for the dominating White male. She is Mother Nature, American-style, in all her primitive glory.

Imagery
Early Images
"Cora, The Indian Maiden's Song" (1851)
"Cora, The Indian Maiden's Song" (1851) lyrics
"The Death of Minnehaha" (c.1855)
"The Death of Minnehaha" (c.1855)
  Images of Pocatantas from The Pioneer History of America
Images of Pocatantas from The Pioneer History of America, 1883 (4 images)
Wild West Weekly #8, 1902
Wild West Weekly #8, 1902
 
Early 1900s Music
lyrics = songs with lyrics
"Hiawatha" (1902)
"Hiawatha (A Summer Idyl)" (1902)
"Anona" (1903)
"Anona" (1903)
"Falling Star" (1903)
"Falling Star" (1903)
"Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha)" (1903)
"Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha)" (1903) lyrics
Laughing Water
"Laughing Water" (1903) lyrics
"Laughing Water" (1903)
"Laughing Water" (1903)

soundby Columbia Orchestra
Down on the sand hills of New Mexico,
"Navajo (Navaho)" (1903) lyrics

soundby Harry MacDonough lyrics

"Navajo (Navaho)" (1903)
"Navajo (Navaho)" (1903)

 

"Idaho, Indian Love Song" (1904)
"Idaho, Indian Love Song" (1904) lyrics
"Mineola, or, The Wedding of the Indian and the Coon" (1904)
"Mineola, or, The Wedding of the Indian and the Coon" (1904) lyrics
"My Indian Maiden" (1904)
"My Indian Maiden" (1904)
"My Pretty Little Kickapoo" (1904)
"My Pretty Little Kickapoo" (1904) lyrics
"Oneonta" (1904)
"Oneonta" (1904)
"Silverheels" (1905)
"Silverheels" (1905) lyrics

"Silverheels" (1905)
"Silverheels" (1905)

sound by Edison Military Band

"Arrah Wanna" (1906)
"Arrah Wanna" (1906) lyrics

sound by Collins and Harlan

"Arrah Wanna" (1906)
"Arrah Wanna" (1906) lyrics

"Iola" (1906)
"Iola" (1906) lyrics

sound by Edison Military Band

"My Prairie Wildflower Sioux" (1906)
"My Prairie Wildflower Sioux" (1906) lyrics
"Napanee, or, My Pretty Little Indian Napanee"
"Napanee, or, My Pretty Little Indian Napanee" (1906) lyrics
"Wan-a-tea" (1906)
"Wan-a-tea" (1906)

"Red Wing" (1907)
"Red Wing" (1907) lyrics
"Since Arrah Wanna Married Barney Carney"
"Since Arrah Wanna Married Barney Carney" lyrics

sound by Collins & Harlan lyrics

"Laughing Eyes" (1907)
"Laughing Eyes" (1907)

"My Kickapoo Queen" by Collins & Harlan (1907)
sound"My Kickapoo Queen" by Collins & Harlan (1907)

sound by Christy Minstrels (1907)

"Reed Bird, The Indian Bride" by J.W. Myers (1907)
sound "Reed Bird, The Indian Bride" by J.W. Myers (1907) lyrics
"My Wild Deer" (1908)
"My Wild Deer" (1908)
"Rainbow" (1908)
"Rainbow" (1908) lyrics

sound by Ada Jones & Billy Murray lyrics

sound by Stanley & Burr lyrics

"Sun Bird" (1908)
"Sun Bird" (1908)
"Golden Arrow" (1909)
"Golden Arrow" (1909) lyrics
"Ogalalla" (1909)
"Ogalalla" (1909) lyrics
"Dancing Starlight" (1910)
"Dancing Starlight" (1910)
"Silver Bell" (1910)
"Silver Bell" (1910) lyrics
"Silver Bell" (1910)
"Silver Bell" (1910)

sound by American Standard Orchestra

"Golden Deer" (1911)
"Golden Deer" (1911)
"Indian Patrol" (1911)
"Indian Patrol" (1911)
"Pawnee Dear" (1913)
"Pawnee Dear" (1913) lyrics
"My Little Red Feather" (1916)
"My Little Red Feather" (1916)
"Snow Bird" (1916)
"Snow Bird" (1916) lyrics
"Indian Moon" by Vernon Dalhart (1919)
sound "Indian Moon" by Vernon Dalhart (1919) lyrics
"Pretty Little Rainbow" (1919)
"Pretty Little Rainbow" (1919) lyrics
"Hiawatha's Melody of Love" (1920)
"Hiawatha's Melody of Love" (1920) lyrics
"Wild Flower" (1920)
"Wild Flower" (1920) lyrics
"Na-Jo" (1921)
"Na-Jo" (1921) lyrics

sound by Max Fells Della Robbia Orchestra

"Seminola" (1925)
"Seminola" (1925)

"Winona" (1927)
"Winona" (1927)
"Land O' Lakes" (1928)
"Land O' Lakes" (1928)
"Cherokee" (1938)
"Cherokee" (1938) lyrics
"Rosie The Redskin" (1938)
"Rosie The Redskin" (1938) lyrics
 
 
The Indian Princess as Product Endorsement
Victorian Trade Card: Indian Queen Perfume
Victorian Trade Card: Indian Queen Perfume
Victorian Trade Card: Radium Cures
Victorian Trade Card: Radium Cures (2 views)
  "Ditto Cigar Sign, c.1906
"Ditto Cigar Sign, c.1906 (2 views)
Dr. Kilmer Swamp-Root Almanac
Dr. Kilmer Swamp-Root Almanac, 1909 (8 sample pgs)
Fruit Crate Label: Mischief Washington Apples
Fruit Crate Label: Mischief Washington Apples
  Indian Princess Popping Corn
Indian Princess Popping Corn (2 views)
Land O' Lakes Butter
Land O' Lakes Butter (2 views)
 
 
The Indian Princess in Hollywood
(planned for the future, but a few images of how Pocahontas has been presented in recent years are presented below)
Young Pocahontas, 1994
Young Pocahontas, 1994
Enchanted Tales: Pocahontas, 1995
Enchanted Tales: Pocahontas, 1995
Pocahontas, 1996
Pocahontas, 1996
Pocahontas II: Journey To a New World, 2000
Pocahontas II: Journey To a New World, 2000
Pocahontas, 2002
Pocahontas, 2002
 
Other Images
Print, framed
Print, framed
Print, as calendar
Print, as calendar
Print
Print
Print
Print
Print
Print
Doll
Doll
Glass Charm
Glass Charm
Custer's Revenge video game, 1982
Custer's Revenge video game, 1982
Sacajawea Liberty Dollar, 2000
Sacajawea Liberty Dollar, 2000
 
 
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