20 years of Disney’s Pocahontas:
the underlying tragedy of Matoka, Smith, & Jamestown
This podcast is a slightly expanded version of a blog that I published on the Huffington Post, which can be found here.
You can also find a short trailer of the 2005 Terrence Malik film The New World here, as well as the opening part of the film that shows the arrival of the English settlers in the Chesapeake Bay.
My modern version of the anti-tobacco pamphlet, This Vile Habit: A counterblast to tobacco by King James can be found here.
The quote from Professor Cornel Pewewardy, a Comanche-Kiowa writer is:
‘We live in a society that suffers from historical amnesia, and we find it very difficult to preserve the memory of those who have resisted and struggled over time for the ideas of freedom, democracy and equality. America has always been both deeply xenophobic and a land of relative opportunity.
‘White interest in the American Indian surges and ebbs with the tides of United States history…, forever linking Indians with the untamed forests, fields and streams.
‘… We need to carefully review our historical past in order to understand the present, move on to the future, and not get caught up and trapped in old negative stereotypes of the American frontier past, freeze dried and recycled as modern cultural myths — all of which were mostly established by white inventors of Indian images.’