Do Disney Movies Misrepresent Native Americans?
Disney is beloved
for crafting fairy tales, but is it possible for "harmless" children's stories to damage to
an entire people?
Gover is the director of the National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institute. He says art, cinema and advertising have always distorted Native American images and cultures. Among these stereotypes are the noble and somber "Indian Chief," the "violent savage," the "disappearing Indian," and today's "mystical Indian."
Films such as "Pocahontas" and "Peter Pan" are harmful
because they feed the wrong images to
Gover pointed out that the film, "Pocahontas," presents her as the "self-sacrificing Indian"
would give up
her life for the "better ways of the White civilization." This is
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