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Old 12-19-2015, 05:42 PM   #1
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I'm an African American female and I've always loved the Native American culture and I've always respected it. However, I was wondering would some Native Americans have a problem with an African-American acting as Pocahontas? I always wanted to become an actress/singer. One of my favorite Disney movies are Pocahontas. But I do realize that the Disney movie is HIGHLY in accurate.
I would love to play Pocahontas one day either on Broadway or on TV. But I don't know if Native Americans would have a problem with a black girl being cast as Pocahontas?
I'm of Cameroonian blood but I'm American-born. In my family there are talks about my great-grandmother being Native American because it sounds as if she did belong to a tribe but she never really embraced it. I always wanted to get my DNA tested to see if this was true or not for the Native part because my birth father is of Cameroonian blood but my mother is just African-American and supposedly Native American. Although my mother doesn't claim it because our great grandmother didn't.
I know a lot of African Americans claim to be Native American.

But I was just wondering would it be a problem to Native Americans if an African American female was casted as Pocahontas if they told the true story or did a live action Disney re-make?

Thank you.
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I'm an African American female and I've always loved the Native American culture and I've always respected it. However, I was wondering would some Native Americans have a problem with an African-American acting as Pocahontas? I always wanted to become an actress/singer. One of my favorite Disney movies are Pocahontas. But I do realize that the Disney movie is HIGHLY in accurate.
I would love to play Pocahontas one day either on Broadway or on TV. But I don't know if Native Americans would have a problem with a black girl being cast as Pocahontas?
I'm of Cameroonian blood but I'm American-born. In my family there are talks about my great-grandmother being Native American because it sounds as if she did belong to a tribe but she never really embraced it. I always wanted to get my DNA tested to see if this was true or not for the Native part because my birth father is of Cameroonian blood but my mother is just African-American and supposedly Native American. Although my mother doesn't claim it because our great grandmother didn't.
I know a lot of African Americans claim to be Native American.

But I was just wondering would it be a problem to Native Americans if an African American female was casted as Pocahontas if they told the true story or did a live action Disney re-make?

Thank you.
We don't have a problem with you portraying Pocahantas but you wouldn't be chosen. It will always be a Korean, Japanese or Chinese actress.
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I'm an African American female and I've always loved the Native American culture and I've always respected it. However, I was wondering would some Native Americans have a problem with an African-American acting as Pocahontas? I always wanted to become an actress/singer. One of my favorite Disney movies are Pocahontas. But I do realize that the Disney movie is HIGHLY in accurate.
I would love to play Pocahontas one day either on Broadway or on TV. But I don't know if Native Americans would have a problem with a black girl being cast as Pocahontas?
I'm of Cameroonian blood but I'm American-born. In my family there are talks about my great-grandmother being Native American because it sounds as if she did belong to a tribe but she never really embraced it. I always wanted to get my DNA tested to see if this was true or not for the Native part because my birth father is of Cameroonian blood but my mother is just African-American and supposedly Native American. Although my mother doesn't claim it because our great grandmother didn't.
I know a lot of African Americans claim to be Native American.

But I was just wondering would it be a problem to Native Americans if an African American female was casted as Pocahontas if they told the true story or did a live action Disney re-make?

Thank you.
First of all, welcome to Powwows.com (an introduction is usually in order).

I believe the only way you will be cast as Pocahontas in a play is if the play is produced by other African-Americans (Spike Lee maybe?).

I wonder how Johnny Depp would look playing Nelson Mandela. Anyhting is possible in this world.

Also. Live the culture you were raised in. Ever seen those white people wanting to claim black?
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First of all, welcome to Powwows.com (an introduction is usually in order).

I believe the only way you will be cast as Pocahontas in a play is if the play is produced by other African-Americans (Spike Lee maybe?).

I wonder how Johnny Depp would look playing Nelson Mandela. Anyhting is possible in this world.

Also. Live the culture you were raised in. Ever seen those white people wanting to claim black?


We had a white woman here in WA state claim to be black. Rachael Dolezal. She resigned from the NCAAP cause she got caught by a news reporter who found her parents in Montana. The parents showed photos of their Daughter and she was whiter than snow. and her birth certificate even.

I don't know where this white woman is anymore, Maybe still at the tanning salon, or getting her new weave in her hair.
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