“I think it’s a great family-oriented event,” said Wilkins, who hopes the pow-wow will help knock down hurtful stereotypes that people may hold about Native Americans. “A lot of people come and bring their kids, and that’s important. Especially at a young age, to expose them to other cultures so they don’t grow up with all kinds of misconceptions and Hollywood-centric views of Native Americans.
“The Hollywood stereotype is one of our biggest bugaboos because that’s what people see, that’s what they believe and that’s all they think exists,” she added. “And obviously that’s not exactly true. It’s an uphill push sometime, but we’ve got to keep pushing because it’s important.”
For more on the subject, see The Harm of Native Stereotyping: Facts and Evidence.