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Moana (Little Golden Books)

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Thought to be set within Samoa, the story of Moana centres around a female Pacific Islander (the first central Disney character to ever have this description) who wishes to explore the world by sea. And just thinking of this actually, Cravalho herself declared that she‘ d been attending an all Hawaiian school at the time of filming, which had been teaching about Hawaiian myths (including that of Maui). Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing as Hawaii is considered a Pacific island. I’m sure having Cravalho on board would have helped keep the team fairly true to some beliefs.

In response to these previous criticisms, the corporation admitted that their research for Aladdin consisted of a sole visit to a Saudi Arabian exposition at the Convention Center in Los Angeles– hardly what you could call groundbreaking cultural research. Some are confused by this misunderstanding of their Gods and Goddesses, thus marking the Moana film as unbalanced and culturally inauthentic – something the corporation was really trying to avoid. 4. A hometown built around the idea of coconuts has not been the way to go. Moana • Maui • Gramma Tala • Chief Tui • Sina • Heihei • Pua • Mini Maui • Tamatoa • Kakamora • Te Fiti/Te Kā • Ocean • Eight-Eyed Bats • Matai Vasa • Motunui Villagers material differing ever-so-slightly from the movie. Gives kids a chance to learn reading comprehension and critical analysis. They can compare what they read to what they've seen in the movie and *talk* or *write* about the little differences! It's engaging and encourages interest in ELAR!! Whichever way you choose to look at it, these values have been interwoven in every possible way. 2. Maui’s representation has been offensive to some.Thus, any attempt at showcasing different cultures and beliefs will help to dispel any confusion or misunderstanding of other people in the world, right? This is something I search for when travelling: to understand other people and their cultures better. Since being criticised of being a little “racist” after producing Aladdin in 1992, Disney has fought hard to banish that image over the years to produce movies based on cultures from all around the world with plenty of research behind them. Fireworks: Disney Enchantment • Happily Ever After • Harmonious • Momentous • Wonderful World of Animation • World of Color: One • Illuminate! A Nighttime Celebration • Wondrous Journeys Personally, I think a few slights are either acceptable or even necessary. I’m very sided with “reality is never an insult unless made as such in context.”

This is with the intention that the people from her hometown may then once again live off the land and the sea and sail beyond the barrier reef to discover new places. And if you’ve not seen this in the news, then you only need to type: “the story of Moana ”or “ Moana true story” into Google to find all kinds of debates, news stories and articles about this movie and its representations of Polynesian cultures.

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I’ve always been in awe of cultures that centre around faith and a deep respect for human life and nature. That‘ s just one of the reasons why I’ve always been fascinated by the Japanese culture, (and hope to visit one day), and why Hawaii stole my heart.

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