More Adult Indigenes

Unlike the sets of salt-and-pepper shakers I’ve been describing in my last five entries, this set does not appear to represent children, and is not particularly cute.  The binary opposites are preserved, as they almost always are in the salt-and-pepper world, and it’s still a male and female couple.   But  the male is a noble and fairly serious-looking fellow in a war bonnet and with a prominent nose–a large, often hooked nose often appears in traditional caricatures of aboriginals, as in this portrayal of the redskins of James Barrie’s Neverland  in Loisel’s French language bandes dessinées series Peter Pan:

And the female?  Well, she’s grown up enough to develop some rather astonishing breasts, and the exceedingly low cut of the top she wears makes it clear that she isn’t the least bit modest about showing them off.  She also appears to have a pretty uplifting wired bra or corset on under that baby blue top, to emphasize her sizeable attributes.Unlike her partner or her breasts, on the other hand, her nose is not the least bit bulbous or prominent, for as again often happens with aboriginal stereotypes, the women often look more like conventional white ideas of beauty;

Loisel's Tiger Lily from his Peter Pan

if her skin were a little paler, the salt-and-pepper Indian woman could pass as the young Debby Reynolds.

Published by pernodel

Children’s literature critic and author of books for children

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