Disney intentionally manipulated the story of Pocahontas to create a favorable storyline that would increase revenue and be more favorable to audiences worldwide. The problem with this approach is that Disney is using an historical figure, where the history is known. Disney has committed to being culturally sensitive. The decision to change the history ultimately affects the future generations of the Algonquian tribe and children of other cultures. The film is a misrepresentation of historical fact. Disney has a responsibility to inform the viewers of the film’s inaccuracy. This paper is aimed at pointing out Disney’s responsibility to the viewers.
Michael Archer is a senior at Kent State Stark. He is completing his major in history and intends to graduate this spring. When he graduates he intends to go to graduate school where he will begin work on his master’s degree in public history. He hopes to eventually teach history and/or work in a living museum