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Re: Plastic Yosemite National Park souvenir doll - Stereotypical Plains Indian dolls

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Yosemite Indian souvenir doll with two small Indians in canoes

Blast from the past an old celluloid plastic type souvenir Indian chief doll with. The doll has a typical Plains Indian chief's headdress.

The doll has “Yosemite Natl. Park” on the front.

His arms move and he measures 8 ½ inches tall.

On the back it has Japan, RG Patent No 32785 on the back.

Yosemite National Park used to sell many these stereotypical Plains dolls in their stores. This reminds me of the documentary named “In Who’s Honor” about Indian Mascots. There was a major controversy not to far from Yosemite in the town of Galt, California, where local Native American’s protested the image of the high schools a goofy Indian mascot called “Willie the Warrior”, which many times ended up in heated debates.

Local Central California news accounts of the Willie the Warrior controversy;

avatar Re: Plastic Yosemite National Park souvenir doll - Stereotypical Plains Indian dolls
June 30, 2012 04:02PM
You could probably get the exact same figurines at any national park. The only difference would be the name of the park written on it. It's not the NPS selling these things but the concessionaires. Tourists will buy anything and there will always be someone to sell them what they want.
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