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The Indians are the characters in Peter Pan. They lived in the Indian Camp of Neverland. As their chief pointed out, for "many moons", they have been fighting the Lost Boys in innocent challenges, and the winners always turned the losers loose (sometimes the winners are the Indians; anytime else, it is the Lost Boys).

Development

Originally, the Indians were to have a somewhat larger role than now. In the first scene for Never Land, the Indians were to be involved in a chase including the Lost Boys and the Pirates. Later on after Peter Pan rescued Tiger Lily, they became security guards for Hangmen Tree, Peter Pan's hideout and battle with the pirates during an ambush.

Appearances

Peter Pan

The Lost Boys go out to capture Indians which they do on a regular basis. They are ambushed and captured by the Indians instead and are held captive. The Lost Boys are baffled by the Indians who believe the Lost Boys kidnapped their missing Princess Tiger Lily. The Indian Chief demands her return by sunset or the boys will be burned to death. Peter Pan rescues the Princess who has really been kidnapped by Captain Hook. They free the boys and reward Peter making him an Indian Chief. A party follows and the Indians and not seen for the remainder of the film.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

None of the Indians make an appearance but in the episode "Basketballs Aweigh", a basketball court built by the Indians was visited by Jake and his crew as well as Captain Hook. When first seen, vocalizations of the Indians were briefly heard.

Racial stereotyping of Native Americans

Although loved by families for decades, Peter Pan has been seen as politically incorrect in recent years due to the way Disney portrayed the Native American "Indians" in the film. They are stereotypical and considered by some to be offensive. They are displayed as wild, savage, violent and speak in a stereotypical way. The characters often call them savages and at one point Captain Hook refers to them as "redskins". John, Michael and the Lost Boys go hunting them like animals (the Lost Boys mention tigers and bears as other alternatives). The "What Made the Red Man Red?" song is highly controversial because the Indians themselves are reflecting on how they got the color of skin; that Indian men maintain a permanent blush due to their constant pursuit of Indian women, and that asking "How?" is a major catalyst for Indian education. These stereotypes are present in J.M Barrie's play and many films of the time (mainly Westerns and cartoons). Marc Davis, one of the supervising animators of the film said in an interview years after the production that "I'm not sure we would have done the Indians if we were making this movie now. And if we had we wouldn't do them the way we did back then."

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Trivia

  • Due to their derogatory nature, none of the Indians return in Return to Never Land.
  • In Jake and the Never Land Pirates, the cliff where the Indian Camp is in Peter Pan appears empty. It is obvious that the whole tribe has moved, where they reside during the show is unknown.


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Media

Films: Peter Pan | Return to Never Land | Tink
Television: House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time
Specials: The Walt Disney Christmas Show
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | Peter Pan: Adventures in Never Land | Peter Pan: The Legend of Never Land | Disney Universe | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Epic Mickey series | Disney's Villains' Revenge
Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book

Disney Parks

Adventure Isle | Back to Never Land | Captain Hook's Galley | Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney Animation Building | Disney Cinema Parade | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disney Magic on Parade | Dream Along with Mickey | Fantasmic! | Fantasy in the Sky | Festival of Fantasy Parade | Following the Leader with Peter Pan | Happy Hallowishes | Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | It's a Small World | Jubilation! | Make a Wish: Peter Pan to the Rescue | Main Street Electrical Parade | Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mickey's Soundsational Parade | Once Upon a Time | One Man's Dream | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | Paint The Night Parade | Peter Pan's Flight | Peter Pan El Rescate | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | Skull Rock | Storybook Land Canal Boats | The Villains World: Wishes and Desires | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Villains Mix and Mingle | Villains Tonight!

Characters

Peter Pan: Peter Pan | Peter Pan's Shadow | Tinker Bell | Wendy Darling | John Darling | Micheal Darling | George Darling | Mary Darling | Nana | Captain Hook | Mr. Smee | Pirate Crew | Tick-Tock the Crocodile | Lost Boys | Indian Chief | Tiger Lily | Indians | Mermaids | Fairies
Return to Never Land: Edward | Jane | Danny | Nana II | Octopus

Locations

London | Bloomsbury, England, UK | Nursery | Big Ben | Neverland | The Jolly Roger | Mermaid Lagoon | Skull Rock | Indian Camp | Hangman's Tree

Songs

Peter Pan: The Second Star to the Right | You Can Fly | A Pirate's Life | Following the Leader | What Made the Red Man Red? | Your Mother and Mine | The Elegant Captain Hook | Never Smile at a Crocodile
Return to Never Land: I'll Try | So to Be One of Us

Objects

Pixie Dust | Alarm Clock | Captain Hook's Hooks | Bomb

Spin-offs

Disney Fairies | Jake and the Never Land Pirates

See Also

Disney Sing Along Songs: You Can Fly!

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