Can you stage Peter Pan in a way that is respectful to Native Americans?
March 11, 2013 8:50 AM Subscribe
Is there a way to stage Peter Pan
that is respectful to Native Americans?
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I recently saw an otherwise lovely production of the 1954 musical Peter Pan
, but all of the scenes with the "Indians" were very uncomfortable and embarrassing. I know these are supposed to be the little boy's fantasy version of pirates and "Indians," but this production, at least, wasn't able to get that across in a way that mitigated the awful caricatures.
Is there a way to stage this without racist stereotypes? Would it be better or worse to use authentic Native American clothes and dances?
I'd particularly like to hear responses from people who are Native American or have some contact or background with Native American culture.