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Background information
Feature films Peter Pan
Short films
Television programs Jake and the Never Land Pirates (mentioned)
Video games Peter Pan: Adventures in Never Land
Park attractions Peter Pan's Flight
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators John Lounsbery
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Alignment Believed to be bad at first, but actually good
Home Never Land
Allies Each other, Their chief, Their princess (Tiger Lily), Peter Pan, Lost Boys
Enemies Captain Hook
Powers and abilities

The Indians are the characters in Peter Pan. They lived in the Indian Camp of Never Land. As their chief pointed out, for "many moons", they have been fighting the Lost Boys and the winners always turned the losers loose (sometimes the winners are the Indians; anytime else, it's the Lost Boys). They are only heard when they are singing "What Made the Red Man Red?", during which, they are voiced by the Mellowmen. Anytime else, they are silent.


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.


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.

Peter Pan: Adventures in Never Land

Disney Parks

Peter Pan's Flight

The Indians make cameos in all versions of the dark ride found in Fantasyland of the various Disney Parks.



  • 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.

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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Films: Peter Pan | Return to NeverLand
'Television: House of Mouse
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

Disney Parks: Peter Pan's Flight | Fantasmic | Disney Dreams! | Following the Leader with Peter Pan | Back to Never Land

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 | Squaw | Mermaids | Fairies
Return to NeverLand: Jane | Edward | Danny | Nana II | Octopus

Locations: London | Bloomsbury, England, UK | Nursery | Big Ben | Never Land | The Jolly Roger | Mermaid Lagoon | Skull Rock | Indian Camp | Hangman's Tree

Peter Pan: The Second Star to the Right | You Can Fly | You Can Fly! (reprise) | 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
Retrun to NeverLand: I'll Try | So to Be One of Us

Objects and material: Pixie Dust | Alarm Clock | Captain Hook's Hooks | Bomb

Spin-offs: Disney Fairies | Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Other: Disney Sing Along Songs: You Can Fly!

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