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Pocahontas fact or fiction In Disneys Animated film Pocahontas Native Americans are stereotyped and misrepresented In doing this regardless of if Disney tries to or not it gives a false representation of history In an interview with The New York Times Eric Goldberg the films co director said Weve gone from being accused of being too white bread to being accused of racism in Aladdin to being accused of being too politically correct in Pocahontas Thats progress to me I disagree with Goldberg Instead of progress in depicting Native Americans this film takes a step backwards a very dangerous step because it is so carefully glossed as authentic and respectful This film will exist as fact in the minds of generations of American children They will believe in the Romeo and Juliet in the wilds of North America that Disney has presented which as Robert Eaglestaff principal of the American Indian Heritage School in Seattle has said is much like trying to teach about the Holocaust and putting in a nice story about Anne Frank falling in love with a German officer It might seem like a waste of time to debate the reality of an animated film in which a tree speaks words of wisdom and the character guides her canoe over a deadly looking waterfall without damaging the canoe If this were a story about a fictional character in a fictional situation I would agree But Pocahontas was a real woman who lived during the pivotal time of first contact with the outside force that would ultimately decimate her people Although I know of her only from the English reports and some of the details are a little unreliable there are some facts that are well supported For one thing she was not a sexy young woman when she met John Smith She was a twelve-year-old girl and John Smith was a short brown haired man who was in his thirties
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