American Indians wore fringed leather loincloths, carried tomahawks and slept in tepees, no matter where they lived. All American cowboys strapped on gun holsters, hated American Indians and had white faces. And unless your name was Calamity Jane, your life as a woman in the Old West was doomed to stirring a big iron kettle over a campfire.
But things are changing in the toy business:
Some toy industry watchers chalk it up to the cyclical nature of playthings. Nostalgic grandparents who remember "Bonanza" are now buying the toys for their grandkids. But this time around, there's a difference: Reality has set in.
Yeah, that canoe probably will come in handy as the Sioux "doctor" travels across the Plains to visit his patients. Maybe he can stop by and visit some totem poles on the way.