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Media Portrayal of Aboriginal People

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on 18 March 2013

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Transcript of Media Portrayal of Aboriginal People

Media Portrayal of Aboriginal People Consider the following Bugs Bunny cartoons from the 1940s and 1960s : What stereotypes about Native Americans do the cartoons reinforce? Portrayal of Native Americans in cartoons Bugs Bunny Do you think they really represent the aboriginal people in reality? Pocahontas - "The Indian Princess" --> European concept Romanticization "Savages" Historical Inaccuracies Simplistic Characterizations There are a lot films regarding Aborigines which do not have enough characterization for aboriginal people as Pocahontas: -Most stories are conveyed through the lens of the European experience -The characters of the aborigines are revealed only in terms of their interactions with White people - The issue of colonialism is ignored - The peaceful ending of the film twisted the history of killings and oppression of Native Americans - The idea of the good/bad Indian is endorsed - Pocahontas is changed from a little girl into a young woman - The personality of John Smith is changed in the film
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