Pocahontas (1995)

credit: www.dvdizzy.comA female Native American goes down in history as a forbidden lover, a miraculous peacemaker, and a woefully underestimated cliff diver.


Given Disney’s track record for historical accuracy, I always just assumed most of the movie was completely fictional. But while I’ve never seen any evidence suggesting Pocahontas and John Smith were lovers, the part about her saving his life might actually be true.

In 1616 Smith wrote the following in a letter to Queen Anne:

“…at the minute of my execution, she [Pocahontas] hazarded the beating out of her own brains to save mine; and not only that, but so prevailed with her father, that I was safely conducted to Jamestown.”

The jury is still out on whether or not Pocahontas owned a pet raccoon, if she actually learned English in about half a second, and what role Grandmother Willow actually played during that tumultuous time in history. But if you listen to your heart, you will understaaaaaaand.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Now I hate to use the word “horrifying”… but how else can you describe Grandmother Willow? I guess what I really want to know is who at Disney was sitting around thinking up potential side-characters and said, “Hey, how about an old lady with a jagged face and hollowed out eye sockets?”

credit: www.fanpop.comI really like this movie because it shows how easily our misguided assumptions can escalate, and how one or two peacemakers can make a difference.

Misunderstandings, arguments and full-fledged wars start when we allow ourselves to be caught up in contention with other people who may have different beliefs—especially political or religious beliefs.

If we can’t figure out how to disagree with each other while maintaining a civilized love and respect, then we’re going to end up hating everybody, because no person is exactly the same.

God made us different not so we could fight with each other, but so we could learn from each other.

For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.” – 3 Nephi 11:29

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