Indians in Disney Places


Apparently this is an authentic Pocahontas costume? I did see a few little girls wearing it. Of course, with a feather in their hair.

Apparently this is an authentic Pocahontas costume. I did see some little girls wearing it (with a feather in their hair). Although most of the little girls dressed up were wearing other princess dresses and had glittery fake attached to their heads. (It was bad.)

There was also this “Native” medicine bag being sold right above the Pocahontas costume. Lame.

There wasn’t much of Pocahontas around aside from the costume for sale. But there was this huge statue hanging from the ceiling at the big store at Downtown Disney. I do kind of like the idea of using a paintbrush as a paddle!

At the American Adventure show at Epcot, there is a brief, stirring moment with an animatronic Chief Joseph. Nice to have that included, although he’s still portrayed in a typically romanticized way. And of course it is the, “I will fight no more,” quote, which nicely plays into the official version of the founding of America.

I did run into Pocahontas posing for pictures in two different places! Here she is in Animal Kingdom. I got a picture of me with her at Epcot, but that one is on Bryn’s phone. I’ll have to track it down…

There was also a scene in Phantasmic with Pocahontas being rescued by John Smith. Or maybe it was the other way around? I missed capturing that one, but you can see them at the top of the riverboat with a bunch of other characters in a later scene. If you look closely.

The restaurant at the Mexico pavilion at Epcot has a pretty cool pyramid. The volcano erupts every now and then too and sends a fireball out.

And, of course, the Canada Pavilion has some Northwest Coast carvings. Kind of felt like home, except  not quite. (The trees and plants were all wrong.) Also, the carvings didn’t look quite right. Perhaps they were lacking that patina that comes from all the rain here? The style also looks a little different from what I’m used to seeing, the shapes are more “blocky.” But that could just be a stylistic tribal difference. These types of carvings and totem poles aren’t actually indigenous to Seattle, we just have a lot of them around now.


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