Native American Stereotypes “Whooping” By Michelle Lascon
“Whooping” • The act of whooping is a noise used to mock how Native Americans act. • It s done by putting your hand over your mouth and making the “whoowhoo” noise. • False reenactment of Native American culture
“Whooping” • In a clip from peter pan is an example of whooping, among many other stereotypes of Native Americans. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_at9dOElQk&feature=player_embedded
What is it suppose to represent? • Often used to depict a battle cry of Native American men • We often see this action done in movies or cartoons as a way of chanting
Origins • Women made the “whoowhoo” sound with their tongues and mouths slightly closed with no hands when husbands went to war, had a successful hunt, or at the death of a loved one. • men did not make the sound • There is no definite way of knowing how it stretched into what it is now, but media has had a great influence since the early westerns • Often twisted aspects of their culture to exploit them or use it in a negative way
Today • Media uses this action to represent Native American mannerism, especially to children and in sports. • It is still used verbally amongst people • Unfortunately while researching I came across a few blogs that discussed current bullying with whooping.
Bibliography • http://www.bluecorncomics.com/stbasics.htm • http://newspaperrock.bluecorncomics.com/2010/05/native-children-bullied-by-stereotypes.html • http://newspaperrock.bluecorncomics.com/2010/05/native-children-bullied-by-stereotypes.html