June 28, 2006

The Indian-comic book connection

A quote from Maya "Echo" Lopez in DAREDEVIL #51:I remember that the tribes and the characters in the legends make me think of super heroes. The chief tells stories of power and responsibility.

When I was learning to read and speak, I learned a lot from comic books. Mythic scale quests that tell truth through metaphor. The word balloons in the comics made me think of smoke signals.
Why do comics about Indians? In Why Write About Native Americans? I quoted James W. Loewen, who said:[O]ur ancestors are still there for us and can still speak to our conditions today. If we let them, if we in the present can portray a more complete and complex view of the past, then our children will have a better chance to build a future they will be proud rather than ashamed to remember.

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