noble savage


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noble savage

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (in romanticism) an idealized view of primitive man

no′ble sav′age


n.
1. (in literature) the concept of a mythical primitive human being with virtuous qualities uncorrupted by civilization.
2. a person embodying this concept.
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It is written that the noble savage must never express surprise in the presence of the white.
This is like one of those Red-skin stories where the noble savages carry off a girl and the honest backwoodsman with his incomparable knowledge follows the track and reads the signs of her fate in a footprint here, a broken twig there, a trinket dropped by the way.
Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Becca Gercken (Associate Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris) and Julie Pelletier (Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg), "Gambling on Authenticity: Gaming, the Noble Savage, and the Not-So-New Indian" is a collection of nine erudite articles that collectively presents a transnational examination of North American gaming and considers the role Indigenous artists and scholars play in producing depictions of Indigenous gambling.
The qualities required to be completely and happily human, to have true community, become locked away behind the rarified experiences of the veteran or are hidden in the primordial mist with the noble savage.
To come to the point at once, I beg to say that 1 have not the least belief in the Noble Savage.
Writer friends and editors, rejecting my "breakaway" fictions, urged me to attempt a book something more like the Noble Savage mine disaster story, and eventually I did, mainly to prove that I could.
Urgle is a stock protagonist for the genre, an inept misfit, but a noble savage somehow imbued with a set of morals that calls for him to make a sacrifice he previously would have been incapable of performing.
Doug Michaels, sporting a T-shirt that said "Eat Like Your Grandcestors" on the back, was named runner-up after pitching his company, Noble Savage, and its frozen Paleo meals.
Journeys to the Polar areas, to the Far East, and the Americas are in a chapter, as well as the slavery and its aftermath, and the exotic other, or noble savage, as shown in circuses and exhibitions.
The classic racist literary and anthropological theme of the noble savage is at the center of Mutu's work entitled Le Noble Savage (2006), a long (91% x 54) vertical collage on Mylar.
In saying this, Chagnon outraged two overlapping groups: the large number of anthropologists of that generation whose intellectual roots were in Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karl Marx, and people who feared that primitive groups would be more vulnerable to exploitation by the mass societies around them if they lost the protective myth of the peaceful, noble savage.
Creating an idea of the noble savage in his work, his photographs prove quite iconic.