An honest question [Indian Village]
I strongly debated with myself if I should post this or not. I feel it is a topic usually avoided, and I wished to ask it head on. Here is a passage from Davelandweb
THE INDIAN VILLAGE
link for this page is http://www.davelandweb.com/indianvillage/
(1955–1971) Opened in 1955 near Adventureland (between the Frontierland Train Depot and Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House), the original village had authentic live Indians who performed their ceremonial dances for guests. Many of the pictures here show the Ceremonial Dance Circle, which let guests watch six authentic tribal dances (summer, weekends, and holidays only): The Omaha (called the War Dance by white settlers), The Shield & Spear, The Eagle, The Zuni-Comanche, The Mountain Spirit, and The Friendship Dances. Tribal performers were invited for a periodic contract with housing for the duration of their run at the park. Within six months, another tribe would be represented with slightly different performances of their tribal customs. Kids were invited to participate during these performances. The village moved in 1956 to what is now Critter Country. Representing many tribes, Disney used tribal consultants to create displays and practice rituals that were passed down through individual tribal customs. The Indian Village presented the culture, customs, and arts of Native America including teepees, totem poles, and a burial ground. Guests could meet a full-blooded Indian Chief, buy authentic Native American crafts at the Indian Trading Post, or paddle an Indian War Canoe. By the late 1960’s, a series of labor problems had begun between the Indians and Disneyland. By 1971, continued animosity between the two and lack of interest by the guests caused the final demise of the village. Bear Country moved in and the Indians were no more. The Indian War Canoes became Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, which operated until October 1998. The Indian Trading Post remained the Indian Trading Post until 1989, when it became the Briar Patch for Splash Mountain.
I honestly believe that a Native American dance circle is needed in either Frontierland or Critter Country. I realize that Frontierland's theme was a 1950's Cowboys vs Indians style... and actually feel that due to this the circle would be more appropriate in Critter Country. Mainly because the belief in animal spirits could greatly increase the theme, and explain the "talking animals" in a way that would be considered purely magical. The obvious tie in would likely be either Pocahontas or Brother Bear, but I would prefer that they not do this. I would rather they focus on several tribes, their cultures, and their traditions. My question is this.
In this politically correct society... is it possible to present honest representations of the Native American culture without offending anyone, and without displaying the tragedies that occurred in our nations history? A lot happened, I am not ignoring that, but I do not feel a discussion of horrific events is appropriate for little ones, or belongs within the berm of Disneyland. So... is it possible to bring back the beloved "Indian Village", or should it remain in the past? I know Knotts did so successfully at one point but I am not sure if they currently use their area because I have not been there in several years.
Moderators and Mice Chatters alike, please realize this thread is not a debate over the atrocities that happened. This is a pure and simple question. Would it be possible for Disneyland to bring back the Indian Village; to keep it family friendly, to accurately represent the respective cultures, most important to not offend the parties involved... or should it remain in the past. Please attempt to stay on topic.