Pocahontas & The Virginia Indians Online Course

Class #4- Pocahontas Reimagined

Student of the course video, discussing why Pocahontas is important to them- Madeline Sayet – actor, writer, director and member of the Mohegan Tribe – considering the Disney movie

Formal Class Content

Disney movie: Pocahontas (1995 / 91 minutes)

Access to the movie is the responsibility of the Student


Class #4 Thoughtwork (to be done after reviewing all class content)

• The Disney movie is chock full of inaccuracies – historical, geographical, cultural and more. Students are asked to consider these intentional manipulations by Disney, especially in light of the current racial and cultural upheaval – which ones bother you the most and why? ** The Pocahontas Project is developing a list of the errors, inaccuracies and manipulations in the Disney movie – Students are encouraged to assist that effort by recording their list and sending it to Rick Tatnall / Pocahontas Project > rick@replenishrichmond.com

• While there are many inaccuracies, the widespread international attention offered Pocahontas from the Disney movie has catapulted her to be the most well-known Native American of all time. The movie also helped build on the already very positive perception of Pocahontas as a strong woman and influential leader, earned over many centuries. The Pocahontas Project is very focused on the legacy of Pocahontas – using the inspiration of her life example to once again change the future course of world history. For many people across the USA and around the world, the Disney movie is their only intellectual connection to Pocahontas. Students are asked to consider what positive community-building and leadership characteristics are presented by Disney’s Pocahontas that offers a positive foundation to build upon. Students are encouraged to send that list to Rick Tatnall as well.

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