The Little Foreign Princess, Pocahontas, And Sweetest Of Savages

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“The little foreign princess, gentlest and sweetest of savages, the first red Indian in whose heart had ever burned the love of Christianity.” This particular quote followed an artist’s depiction of the “warrior princess” Pocahontas in the 1907 Harper’s Weekly. It was this idea of the perfect Indian woman that set the standard for all other Native American women. at the time. While Pocahontas has continued to be a popular American culture icon, it is not just the Native American women’s image that is exploited in the public media . Throughout history, Native Americans have often been portrayed as one of two extremes, warrior princesses or unruly savages and a burden onburdening American civilization. Not much has changed; the Native…show more content…
Her husband was shown more savage like, with darker skin and more traditional Native American garbs . It is apparent that the artist of this image wanted to portrayexpose the Native American woman as more conforming than the Native American man. With a more Americanized look, the artist managed to portraydepict the success of assimilation by over exaggerating the differences between the mother and child (who was portrayed with the lightest skin color) than the father. It could be assumed that the artist believed Americans had more power over the Native American women and children and therefore could make them more civilized than the Indian males. Around the same time as Harper’s Weekly’s write-up on Pocahontas in 1907, many companies began utilizing the Native American image in advertisements for common consumer products. Trying to play into the ideals of colonial America, companies like Anheuser-Bush released several beer advertisements that exploited the image of Native Americans. In 1910 Budweiser released two different ads. One would think the first advertisement was pro-Native American. The Indians in the ad were depicted as valor valiant warriors coupled with a caption that read, “Just as the American Indian chose his chieftain for deeds of valor in war, and wisdom in times of peace, So has
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