On a long road trip today, my mind wandered to something I had not thought of in many years. I recalled this song:
"Big Chief Watopotami
Sat in the sun and said "Me hot am I
Sat in the shade and said "Me cooler
Such is the life of an Indian Ruler."
I remember it well enough to remember the music to the words. This page contains it. It is one of the very few mentions of the little song on Google. This page is of interest:
A guy quotes the lyrics, and how they are not good.
I was taught this in elementary school, probably 2nd or 3rd grade. I do not recall being taught anything else about Indians in grade school other than this. The other exposure to Indians I recall from that age was through Cub Scouts and "Go Go Gophers."
Of course, I also had my Hopi coloring book and the faux "kachina" I made in 2nd-grade art. And like me, you probably saw Tonto on The Lone Ranger and the occasional Indian on Roy Rogers, Bonanza, or some other Western TV series. Also, Indians made isolated (and stereotypical) appearances on such shows as I Love Lucy, Green Acres, The Time Tunnel, Star Trek, and The Brady Bunch.
For more on the subject, see TV Shows Featuring Indians.