Pocahontas Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Young viewers of Pocahontas may be entranced by its exquisite imagery and exquisite music; while adults might find some aspects less-than-flattering.

Disney’s version of history depicts Pocahontas as being provided a comprehensive education in agriculture and hunting by her father, Opechancanough. While John Smith, who initially believes she is some sort of witch captive taken prisoner by Pocahontas’ people, treats her like human soon thereafter due not to beauty or hormones but by seeing the affection she shows him for his dead wife who died long ago.

Pocahontas’ age may appear sufficient in the movie; however, she was actually only eleven or 12 when English colonizers invaded Werowocomoco and started colonizing her homeland.

Pocahontas may not always address real issues that shaped American culture for centuries to come; nonetheless, its depiction of Pocahontas forsaking her people to save a brash English colonist became an iconic moment that legitimized further continental expansion and ecological devastation. According to Professor Darren Reid of Coventry University in England, colonizers used her tale “to spread European civility”.