I loved Pocahontas as a kid. It was the first movie I ever saw in a theater. I had a Pocahontas doll, she was on my inayopendelewa t-shirt, and I watched my trusty old VHS copy all the time. I live in the area and my family supposedly traces back to her tribe, so there was no doubt who my inayopendelewa princess was. And then, as I got older... I started doing a little research, and found out how incredibly fictional the movie was.
With each book on the Powhatan tribes I read, Disney's Pocahontas becomes harder to watch. I watched it again today for the first time in probably a year, for article-writing purposes, and spent most of the movie silently fuming. (There also may have been a few obscenity-filled outbursts and agonized groans.) Had this movie been completely fictionalized, there'd be no need for this article. But it is based on real people, and a real culture, and it fills the heads of impressionable youth with fiction they believe is fact.
I've seen some maoni here on fanpop about Pocahontas that fill me with an unbelievable rage. But I don't blame the fans; their opinions are based on a cartoon about a pretty young princess falling in upendo with...