I am absolutely FURIOUS!!! I am so mad that I could spit nails! And I really shouldn’t be. Its not that big a deal really. And I know that I shouldn’t get worked up, but I am still stewing over it and it was on Tuesday and today is Saturday! When the instructor asked my opinion I was still speechless in semi-horror. I gave an answer to her question, but not how I felt. If I had tried to explain that I probably would have lost the ability to speak, and the first word that came to mind would not have been appropriate.
What is it that got me so wired? A class movie! it was about Disney movies. Particularly Peter Pan and Pocahontas. I knew Pocahontas was bad. Once again a bunch of white guys managed to rewrite history. It stinks,but I am used to that. They made a very strong woman into a helpless princess. (We don’t have princesses) and of course changed the ending. That wasn’t even what got me mad. What got me mad was how so many kids think that’s real They believe that is truly what happened. and who ever contradicts really? who ever tells little kids how Indians really are?
But Peter pan was worse! the way they made fun of our religious dances! The Indians all looked horrible. And they had red skin and too many feathers. They were hopping around looking goofy. It was not our dance! Not real one anyway. I had never seen that scene before.I guess because Gramma always fast forwarded it.She probably knew how badly seeing that would affect me. I am a tribal dancer. I dance for ceremonies. The religious parts of the dance are so important to me!To see it mocked… well I still don’t have the words!
I still cry when I see scenes like that. Not at the time any more,but later. At the time, I just felt incredibly nauseous and had to try not to throw up right there in class. If people want to see Native Americans in movies, they should watch the documentry “homeland”.
- Paper Topic: Media Representations of Native Americans as Children in Catlin, Apess, Disney’s Peter Pan (aml4453uf.wordpress.com)
- Amid Protests Over Casting, ‘Pocahontas’ Opera Opens in Duluth (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)