If you have read my “About Me” page, you will know that I greatly enjoy watching Disney movies from the nineties—my favorite being Pocahontas. It is not only because it is nostalgic or entertaining for someone like me, but because I find it fascinating on so many levels to compare my thinking and opinion of a movie from when I first watched it 13+ years ago to now. Back then, I loved the movie because Pocahontas was a beautiful, strong, and influential woman that fought for what she believed in. In my opinion, she was and still is the best Disney “princess.” Back then, I also loved the movie because I thought it to be entirely true, which not only made me love the character more but feel empathy for the loss of her “relationship” with John Smith.
13 years later, although I still enjoy the film very much, I have realized what an impact time, education, and the falsification of history has made. You see, back then, even though I understood the general idea of two different races clashing against each other, I didn’t truly grasp the meaning of the word “savage,” and what it really means to be “civilized.” 13 years ago, I didn’t know the influence that the media had on my mind because back then when I was told that the film was based on the real life of an actual Native American princess, I believed it.
It is because of this that I am able to look at Disney’s Pocahontas in a new light. And I think I actually like the film more than I did all those years ago. Pocahontas has some significant themes that I am happy to see in a “kid’s” movie, but disappointed because “kid’s” movies are not the way they were “back in those days.” However, it is also because of this film that we must remember the power and influence of the media to change and contort things into something that they never were. It is because of this film that I am seeking to learn the truth, and it is because of this film that I am reminded over and over and over of something that not everyone understands, but needs to know, something that I made sure to make a theme in my book:
“History is a powerful weapon.”
“History and truth are not always one and the same.”
“There is always more than one story…always.”
-Abel Godfrey, Kingdom of the Sun
“History is a very powerful weapon. This is especially true when one possesses the means to twist its truth.” -Helena, Kingdom of the Sun
You want to know what’s even stronger? Your own mind.
Peace and Love,