The movie Avatar and Native American genocide

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Maybe one should not expect too much from a film by Rupert Murdoch-owned 20th Century FOX …

By George Monbiot:

Avatar Half-Tells a Story We Would All Prefer to Forget

January 18, 2010

The real story of what happened to Native Americans is a story no one wants to hear, because of the challenge it presents to the way we choose to see ourselves.

Avatar, James Cameron’s blockbusting 3-D film, is both profoundly silly and profound. It’s profound because, like most films about aliens, it is a metaphor for contact between different human cultures. But in this case the metaphor is conscious and precise: this is the story of European engagement with the native peoples of the Americas. It’s profoundly silly because engineering a happy ending demands a plot so stupid and predictable that it rips the heart out of the film. The fate of the native Americans is much closer to the story told in another new film, The Road, in which a remnant population flees in terror as it is hunted to extinction.

But this is a story no one wants to hear, because of the challenge it presents to the way we choose to see ourselves. Europe was massively enriched by the genocides in the Americas; the American nations were founded on them. This is a history we cannot accept.

In his book American Holocaust, the US scholar David Stannard documents the greatest acts of genocide the world has ever experienced. In 1492, some 100m native peoples lived in the Americas. By the end of the 19th Century almost all of them had been exterminated. Many died as a result of disease. But the mass extinction was also engineered.

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4 thoughts on “The movie Avatar and Native American genocide

  1. What I brought away from this movie was the idea that earth is being destroyed by its inhabitants, because we are so blinded by greed and prejudice that we refuse to see what we are doing, and we have forgotten how we should treat this world. I also felt that it was trying to convey the message that some things are worth fighting for, even if the fight is to the death, freedom and the life on your planet, those things are worth fighting for, and the Native Americans did try to fight for those things, sadly they were outnumbered and no one was willing to help them with their fight,this is something that the inhabitants of this world have forgotten because we are so caught up in our petty fights and dislike of anything or anyone different from ourselves (how to fight, our mistakes of the past, what is really important). Native American’s, knew how to treat the land, and I think their spirituality is the closest thing to what that higher power intended, sadly, we do not seem to learn from the huge mistakes we make, over and over again. All of that, is what I got from this movie. So, regardless of what you think was the directors intent, it is not what anyone I’ve talked to felt when they watched the movie.


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