The Idea of the Noble Savage

In 2000 I co-wrote and hosted a radio documentary with Michael Enright called, The Idea of the Noble Savage: Images of Aboriginal Peoples from Columbus to the Present. The documentary was a combination of lecture, conversation, interviews, and dramatization, and it aired over three days on CBC’s national radio show, This Morning. It explored the concept of the Noble Savage from its origins in Western culture through to the contemporary uses and misuses of images of Indigenous people, bringing forward the important point that Canadian society has yet to understand and relate to authentic representations of Indigeneity, and continues to constuct false images of Indigenous people and use those falsehoods to support its colonial goals in relation to our identities and lands.

I think it is still relevant…