Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
During a prime-time airing of Lilo & Stitch June 18, Disney included a promo for an upcoming airing of Pocahontas. It began:
Paint your face.
Pitch your tee pee.
But don't get caught without a paddle.
Pocahontas's people did use canoes and paddles, so the third reference was culturally appropriate. But they didn't pitch tipis, so the second reference wasn't. If they painted their faces, it would've been during warfare only, a relatively rare occurrence. So the first reference was either misleading or inappropriate.
The trouble with face-painting
Pocahontas bastardizes real people
Tipis, feather bonnets, and other Native American stereotypes
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