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What Makes The Red Man, Red?

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Every day children are exposed to stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native Americans, with a stereotype being “preconceived or oversimplified generalizations usually, but not always, involving negative beliefs about a particular group” (Brunette). For children to learn the stereotypes so young and to think that that is how a certain group of people really is, only perpetuates the cycle of how some races or ethnic groups are treated, even something as seemingly innocent as Disney’s Pocahontas or Virginia Grossman’s Ten Little Rabbit, can really be a stereotype in hiding. “…Children between 2 and 5 years of age start to become aware of race, ethnicity, gender, and disabilities…Children ...view middle of the document...

Besides that, the stereotypes within this movie are blatant. The fact that Pocahontas is portrayed as an Indian Princess is a white creation. As Vine Deloria says in his book, Custer Died for Your Sins, it is “…the Indian-grandmother complex that plagues certain whites. A male ancestor has too much of the aura of the savage warrior…to make him a respectable member of the family tree. But a young Indian princess? Ah, there was royalty for the taking” (3). Deloria comments greatly on the white man’s need to identify with a female Indian if they are to claim any Indian blood at all.
In the article, Stereotypes of Native Americans in Modern Films, Steve Barr comments on the teaching of young children about Native Americans in schools; “Children first learned about Squanto and how he helped the pilgrims survive through their first winter in America. This gave some children a confused image of Native Americans since they had always seen on television shows the Native Americans as savages….” (Barr).
In the classic Disney movie, Pocahontas, both the Native Americans and the whites see the others as savages. The video portrays the Native Americans as savages, kidnapping a white man for no obvious reason. The white men are seen as savages in the eyes of the Native Americans because they have come to take their land (Dawson). Pocahontas “…represents the positive stereotype who respects the earth and communicates with trees and animals. Although Pocahontas is portrayed in this more positive role, it still typifies a stereotype” (Brunette).
In the Disney movie, Peter Pan, the scene in which the song “What Makes the Red Man, Red?” is sung, gives the viewer a very stereotyped interpretation of Native Americans. The ‘red man’ is wearing buckskin, headdresses, moccasins, beaded jewelry, etc. whereas the white children in the scene are wearing ‘normal’ clothes, dresses, shoes, glasses, top hat, etc. (“Disney’s Peter”). Three questions are asked of the white man, 1) what makes the red man red? 2) when did he first say ‘ugh’? and 3) why does he ask you how? These three questions get answered, though in a very inaccurate and stereotypical way. In this movie, “Princess Tiger Lily’s father represents the negative stereotype of being uncivilized and savage as he holds Wendy’s brothers hostage” (Brunette).
Children’s books are just as guilty of misrepresenting Native Americans and showing stereotypes. In Virginia Grossman’s Ten Little Rabbits, the reader is able to learn counting with rabbits. Though, the rabbits are dressed as Native Americans. This dehumanizes Native Americans and makes them look like objects instead of people; “These depictions objectify American Indians. We don’t see other groups similarly treated. Indeed, most Americans would quickly identify the offensiveness of ‘P is for Puerto Rican’ or counting ’10 Little Jews” (Roberts). In Susan Jeffers book, Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, the reader is exposed to Chief Seattle’s famous speech. Though...

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