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1953 Port Jervis yearbook

   This photograph of white high school administrators is from the 1953 Port Jervis yearbook and illustrates the peculiar inclination Euro-Americans exhibit towards "playing Indian."
    Note that the style of headdresses these two role-models wear reflects a "Hollywood movie" version of a generic "Plains Chief."    The historic and contemporary First Nations in New York State, where Port Jervis is located, are not associated with such items.
    Like "warbonnets" and "chiefs," not only are there   misconceptions about the so-called "peace pipe," but such an item, among certain First Nations, is considered a sacred or holy object.

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