NAMES AND IMAGES
It is little wonder that Indian peoples were perceived not as they were but as they "had" to be-- from a European point of view. They were whisked out of the realm of the real and into the land of the make-believe. Indians became invariably super- or subhuman, never ordinary. They dealt in magic, not judgment. They were imagined to be stuck in their pasts, not guided by its precedents.
-- Michael Dorris ( 1993, Modoc)