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Thompson Indians In American Film 15 December 2006 Babar the Colonizer? When Babar set foot on the wild, uninhabited lands he had “discovered” his friend said to him, “This countryside is so beautiful that I would like to see it everyday when as I wake up. We must build our city here. Our houses shall be on the shores of the lake, and shall be surrounded with flowers and birds” (Babar the King p.4-5). King Babar and Queen Celeste are “rejoicing” after signing a treaty of peace with the rhinocerous and the Old Lady who have “consented to remain with them” (Babar the King p.3). What about the other animals of the native land? Did they agree to stay with Babar and his Queen? At any rate Babar has chosen this native land to colonize for his own and to build his own homesteads with flowers to adorn the land that he has “found.” Children’s books remain a very influential vehicle for ideas about colonization for children of the next generation. My analysis begins at a University established in a pre-colonial world and now I am attempting to understand the ideas that post-colonial thinkers inhabit and teach to children through illustrated stories. In A Critique of Postcolonial Reason , Gayatri Chakravorty identifies with the fact that she too is a postcolonial thinker practicing at a University and identifies with the thought patterns of post-colonial ideals, at the same time she attempts to understand the world we have created and inhabit today. “This is not to describe, “The way things really were” or to privilege the narrative of history as
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Thompson imperialism as the best version of history” (Cain, 2198). Although the teachings of Babar are similar to preaching that imperialism is truth and what kids should inhabit for the rest of their lives. Babar colonizes and creates a new world where another system of animals were existing symbiotically together without the help of others. As my teacher, Benjamin Whitmer so eloquently put, “There is no need to restrict the truth upon another person or group of people.” Babar came to take over the world that was not his, but he wants to create his own nation on the land of the other animals. “Al the elephants are happy as he is. They drive nails, draw logs, pull and push, dig, fetch and carry, opening their big ears wide as they work” (Babar the King p.9). When reading this passage I could not help but feel like this was similar to when the Europeans came to conquer the Native Americans of the West. “Pushing, digging, and fetching” the American dream in the West. When colonizers began to build, the American “spirit” began and people began to push out their chests to make room for more “elephants” or “white people.” “In the spring of 1868 a conference was held at Fort Laramie, in present day Wyoming, that resulted in a treaty with the Sioux. This treaty was to bring peace between the whites and the Sioux who agreed to settle within the Black Hills reservation in the Dakota Territory”
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