December 08, 2006

Apocalypto stereotypes Maya

Gibson film angers Mayan groups"The director is saying the Mayans are savages," said Lucio Yaxon, a human rights activist.

Only the film's trailer has been seen in Guatemala, but some Mayan leaders say scenes of Mayans with bone piercings sacrificing humans promote stereotypes about their culture, the Reuters news agency reports.

"Gibson replays, in glorious big-budget Technicolor, an offensive and racist notion that Maya people were brutal to one another long before the arrival of Europeans and thus they deserved, in fact, needed, rescue," [a professor] wrote in Archaeology.


Anonymous said...

Please, maybe it wasn't there exact way of life, then why not educate people? Ignorance is the fault of the teacher and the student, and if the student is willing to learn than whos fault is it? I know that my Oneida people were not the most sensitive and peaceful people that other Natives ran into. We were the reason some Native didn't travel east. We were very ruthless people. But i can admit that and i wish some people could as well. But i can also admit that as time went by we learned to co exist with other tribes. And that is what people should be proud of- The positive evolution of your people. And as for Mayans needing to be saved? Get a grip, if you saw their empire then, you would know that they were and are a very intelligent people.

Rob said...

"Why not educate people?" That's what I'm doing with my postings on Apocalypto.

If people saw the Maya empire, they'd know the people were intelligent. But if they saw Apocalypto, they wouldn't know that. That's the crux of our criticism.