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"What Made the Red Man Red" is a song from Disney's Peter Pan. It is sung by the Indian Chief and the Indian chorus.


Why does he ask you, "How?"
Why does he ask you, "How?"
Once the Injun didn't know
All the things that he know now
But the Injun, he sure learn a lot
And it's all from asking, "How?"
Hana Mana Ganda
Hana Mana Ganda
We translate for you
Hana means what mana means
And ganda means that, too

When did he first say, "Ugh!"
When did he first say, "Ugh!"
In the Injun book it say
When first brave married squaw
He gave out with heap big ugh
When he saw his Mother-in-Law

What made the red man red?
What made the red man red?

Let's go back a million years
To the very first Injun prince
He kissed a maid and start to blush
And we've all been blushin' since

You've got it right from the headman
The real true story of the red man
No matter what's been written or said
Now you know why the red man's red!


  • This song is very controversial due to the racist stereotypes of the Native Americans. As a result, in the Disney Jr. stage musical version, it was replaced by "What Makes the Brave Man Brave"
    • Surprisingly, this was not the only song that had stereotypical/racist views of Native Americans. The other one was Savages from Pocahontas, though that was done intentionally to highlight the theme of racial tensions and prejudice.


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