See Article History Alternative Titles: She was a daughter of Powhatan as he was known to the English; he was also called Wahunsenacahchief of the Powhatan empire, which consisted of some 28 tribes of the Tidewater region. Pocahontas was a young girl of age 10 or 11 when she first became acquainted with the colonists who settled in the Chesapeake Bay area in Powhatan released Smith to return to Jamestown.
Volume 6, Article 2, Stereotypes in Anthropology by Katie Ardrey Stereotypes have been, and are still, a very large part of society. Different racial groups have been subjected to stereotyping in many ways, but Native Americans have been misrepresented for years.
Movies, novels, and advertisements are all guilty of the different stereotypes for this group of people, movies perhaps misrepresenting Native Americans in the worst ways.
These different sources show the stereotypes of the un-evolved Indian princess, savages, and the view that Europeans were thought of as more developed, which is still very much the belief of today because of the media. Today, being evolved means being apart of a mainstream culture and values.
Pocahontas cultural anthropology is a social aspect, not completely a physical one. Native Americans and European are as physically evolved as one another, but Europeans were considered, and still generally are today, more evolved because of technology advancements and their taking place in social norms.
Different technology has always set apart the evolved from those that are not, but now when the human brain is developed to the same extent we have begun to use other barriers to make some cultures above others. The movie Pocahontas demonstrates many stereotypes that were developed by Europeans to attempt to make Native Americans a less evolved culture.
The movie Pocahontas begins showing some basic differences between Europeans and Native Americans. They are using technologies that manufactured in bulk and destructive, such as guns. In contrast Native Americans are living not off of the land like Europeans, but using the land without damaging the resources.
Also they are still using lesser weapons, like bow and arrows. Although in the movie conflict is avoided because of the romance between Pocahontas and John Smith, it is implied many times Pocahontas cultural anthropology the film that if it came to war the Europeans would easily be able to wipe out the Native Americans.
This makes viewers of the movie unconsciously think that Europeans are superior to the Natives. In Pocahontas, Native Americans are viewed in two very stereotypical ways and European technology is blatantly flashed to prove the reasons why Europeans believed that they were more evolved than Natives.
This typecast of Native Americans shows that in order to be evolved according to social norms one must assimilate into a widely accepted culture. Pocahontas does eventually succumb to many European technologies in the movie, and the Europeans are allowed to colonize the land.
There are many stereotypical portrayals in this film, but the most noticeable is that of Native Americans as savages. The image of the savage shows that Native Americans would attack all Europeans and needed the technology that they had to better their lives.
When in reality Native Americans were completely capable of living their lives without the technology developed by Europeans. This suggests that the technologies developed do not make one more evolved than another culture necessarily.
Both Native Americans and Europeans had developed basic tools and ways of lives, and were capable of speech and thought processes.
The new technologies that came from Europe were not signs of evolution, but perhaps signs that they were making more advanced versions of the Native American tools, not that they were above them in an evolved state though.
Europeans needing the help of the so called savages as shows that even new technologies do not necessarily make a culture above the elements or more knowledgeable. The stereotypes that the movie Pocahontas presents show Native Americans as being less evolved and needing European technology, when this is not true historically, which puts into question which culture is more evolved than the other.
Movies, like Pocahontas, only put children at a disadvantage because of the negative representation of Native Americans that is then believed in real life. Pocahontas is not the only movie guilty of misrepresenting Native Americans, a popular movie with teens and adults, The Last of the Mohicans, also gives viewers wrong impressions.
In this film and novel there are two different kinds of Native Americans portrayed, the helpful pro-European native and the bloodthirsty savage Dippie.
This shows that if the savage natives had worked with the Europeans that they would not have met the same gruesome fate, like the obliging Native Americans. The view that Natives who act savagely are inferior to white Europeans was greatly enforced by this film and novel, but this not the only kind of negative representation of Native Americans that is directed at teens and adults.
Sports teams and their mascots are ever present with teenagers and adults making them very influential. There are many teams in high school, college, and professional sports that are named after Native American tribes, or are representations of natives, for example the team name Warriors.
There has recently been a major debate over banning these team names from high school sports. The names make all Native Americans seem like savages, especially when it is used for the name of contact sports team. These names have negative effects on the way adults see Native Americans, because the first thing they associate them with is violent sports.
This helps to impose the image of the savage or less evolved natives. The media shows in many different ways the negative stereotype of the savage Native American, but also sells the image of the Indian princess as a sex symbol.
The image of the Indian princess is used in almost every western movie ever made, but there is one day every year where Native American are overly sexualized, Halloween. While movies show this stereotype, the most troubling thing about this stereotype is that it is actually lived out when teenage girls and young women dress up as the sex symbol.
Generally, the less clothing that is worn the more praised the costume will be for being realistic. The Indian Princess stereotype is extremely damaging to modern day Native American women, because all are believed to either look like a sex symbol or behave like one.Chief Opechancanough (O-pech"un-kä'nO) of the Powhatan Confederacy.
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