My youngest sister was adopted by my parents when she was 13. She is Lakota. She knows she is Lakota and is proud of her heritage.
Alice's (seven years old) Aunt has talked about her heritage and shared some of the myths and traditions of the Lakota with Alice, yet I overheard Alice tell someone she had never seen a, "real Indian before" Within the context of the conversation it was clear, she was referring to American Indians, not people from India (which she has also met and befriended btw).
When asked why she said that despite knowing her aunt, Alice said, "Well, she doesn't dress like one." We've done lessons for Social studies that included watching that included clips of modern Native Americans from a variety of tribes living their lives today.
Why is this stereotype so seared into my child's head despite personal counter-examples as well as lessons about it?