Pocahontas and the Indian Princess Myth


1907 --- Pocahontas Saving the Life of John Smith Postcard --- Image by © GraphicaArtis/Corbis GraphicaArtis/Corbis

The Pocahontas myth has perpetuated the "Indian Princess" stereotype since the 17th century. Cristen and Caroline explore how this stereotype mangles the true history of Native American women and mythbust the Disney version of Pocahontas.

Episode sources:

"Redface!" Ken Padgett. Racial and Racist Stereotypes in Media. http://red-face.us/

"Native American Women -- Princess/Squaw Stereotype." W.A.R.S. Women Against Racial Stereotypes. Dec. 7, 2009. http://warsthirdwave.blogspot.com/2009/12/native-american-women-princesssquaw.html

"The Noble Savage: The Indian Princess." Authentic History. July 20, 2012. http://www.authentichistory.com/diversity/native/ns2-princess/

"The Pocahontas Myth." Powhatan.org. http://www.powhatan.org/pocc.html

Academic insights:

"The Pocahontas Paradox: A Cautionary Tale for Educators." Cornel Pewewardy. Journal of Navajo Education. Fall/Winter 1996/1997. http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/pewe/writing/Pocahontas.html

"The Pocahontas Conspiracy." Lynn Dukette and Dani Frisbie. History on Trial. May 2001. http://digital.lib.lehigh.edu/trial/reel_new/films/list/1_24_9_8

"Of Warrior Chiefs and Indian Princesses: The Psychological Consequences of American Indian Mascots." Stephanie A. Fryberg et al. Basic and Applied Social Psychology. 2008. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01973530802375003#.VHNazYvF8YN

"Our Indian Princess." Nancy Marie Mithlo. 2009. https://sarweb.org/?sar_press_our_indian_princess

"Gendered Construction of the American Indian in Popular Media." S.E. Bird. Journal of Communication. Feb. 7, 2006. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1460-2466.1999.tb02805.x/abstract

"Debunking the Pocahontas Paradox: The Need for a Humanistic Perspective." Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman and Roger D. Herring. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development. Fall 2001. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/j.2164-490X.2001.tb00116.x/abstract

Topics in this Podcast: gender stereotypes, pocahontas, stereotypes, racism, Disney