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1994 Port Jervis Yearbook

     Inspired by 19th century "Wild West Shows," pulp novels, Hollywood movies, and television, the "side profile 'Chief' with 'Plains-style' headdress" is almost certainly the most common type of "Indian" icon.
     Aside from the fact that the vast majority of the over 550 unique American Indian nations, tribes, bands, and Alaskan Natives recognized by the United States government do not use this type of apparel, the deep socio-religious meaning inherent in such items is trivialized and negated when exploited in secular applications.
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