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Emily Chertoff describes Wounded Knee as the "forgotten Civil Rights movement" because it displays the loss of identity and memory of such an empowering event in which the American Indians finally took and active-firm arms race against the federal government. It was her way to symbolize that our history recurring betrays and overlooks the American Indians as our equal. However, most importantly "forgotten" embraces the strength and determination the American Indians had when they finally had the courage to fight for what was rightfully their even in the actsof violence, but for a greater cause. Indian Costume controversySociety still produces discriminatory Indian costumes for people to dress up as something scary or something sexy for Halloween. Native Americans in history are either portrayed as "savages" or if they are "civilized" and save a white man then they can become a Princess. These myths created by white males in history are still shown in our society today through the themes of the Indian costumes. The Indian costumes, the Pocahontas Myth, and Rayna Green's "The Pocahontas Perplex" all demonstrated how Indians were portrayed as savages, unless the females acted "civilized" in protecting the white man. Through the white male perspective, the viewpoint of Pocahontas (a 10 year old) is altered to describe her as beautiful, with long slender
*1-2 sentences for the short answer. 1-2 paragraphs for the long answers.legs, and whiter than her fellow Native Americans. This is characterized in the costumes with the man portrayed with an axe and the women's costumes given provocative names. This relates to "The Danger of a Single Story" because only side, from the male perspective, is used to tell the story of the history of Pocohontas are those of the white men, who at times had exaggerated certain parts of the story. disrespectful and degrading nature with which the costumes were createdPocahontas MythThe Pocahontas Myth and the Indian costumes relate and build of off the history we've discussed in this course when compared to firsting and lasting. This story and these costumes make Indiansseem as if they were merely a part of history, and are not a part of our current society.debunking of the Pocahontas Myth, I was surprised at the recurring "good Indian/bad Indian" theme. Pocohontas was described as a "good Indian" because she supposedly saved John Smith from capture, even though he did not tell of the story until 17 years laterPocahontas Myth had me shocked. I realized how I was raised on a huge-inaccurate lie through Disney's false-interpretation of the real story of Matoaka, the true Pocahontas. I was angry to learn that John Smith actually added his own spin to the story to make it seem as though, Pocahontas saved him and had friendly relationships with the Powhatan people, when in reality we know that their relationship was the opposite. It was truly appauling to me that Disney changed the name to Pocahontas, "the spoiled/naughty child" and even changed her age.