2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Racial Stereotypes in Disney's Pocahontas

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Rachel Manchur, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library 1st floor

Abstract

Disney claims that the movie Pocahontas (1995) is an authentic representation of a young Powhatan woman's life named Matoaka (Powhatan Renape Nation, n.d.). However, this representation of Pocahontas’ story is far from the truth. Disney's film Pocahontas is a stereotypical portrayal of Native American lifestyle, which exemplifies racism through an unauthentic plot, stereotypes, and a derogatory representation of Native Americans, which may have a negative effect on children's social and emotional health (Pewewardy, 1996).

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

4-7-2015 10:15 AM

Panel

A Deeper Look at Disney

Panel Moderator

Scott Edgar

Field of Study for Presentation

Art, Cinema Studies, Music, Social Justice

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Racial Stereotypes in Disney's Pocahontas

Library 1st floor

Disney claims that the movie Pocahontas (1995) is an authentic representation of a young Powhatan woman's life named Matoaka (Powhatan Renape Nation, n.d.). However, this representation of Pocahontas’ story is far from the truth. Disney's film Pocahontas is a stereotypical portrayal of Native American lifestyle, which exemplifies racism through an unauthentic plot, stereotypes, and a derogatory representation of Native Americans, which may have a negative effect on children's social and emotional health (Pewewardy, 1996).