Critical Analysis of Squanto a Warrior’s Tale

Critical Analysis of Squanto a Warrior’s Tale

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Critical Analysis of Squanto a Warrior’s Tale

The movie illustrates how Native Americans were treated by the Europeans, and taken advantage of, be it their social presence as “new world people”, resources or their cultural practices. Generally, the story is illustrated through the life of a young man named Squanto, who directly encounters the extreme ends of dehumanization by the English people, as well as the better part of the few who embraced his origin and culture. In this analysis, the focus will be to illustrate stereotyping, precisely showcasing misinterpretations portrayed by the Director, which exemplify historical inaccuracies and romanticization, among the Native Americans.

Historical Inaccuracies

Historical inaccuracies to start with, refers to the depiction of a given culture, having its cultural heritage and diversity reduced significantly, while the other antagonistic culture gets the upper hand in influencing the activities of any other cultural richness. In the film, Squanto’s cultural identity is not recognized or valued as part of humanity, but rather a community of beasts and noble savages. For example, when the English traders present Squanto and his mate to the master trader, the director Xavier Koller insinuates their alien existence when the master trader asks, “what are they?” And his servant responds profoundly, “they are noble savages”. Additionally, their artifacts around the neck are referred to be disgusting, which in the real sense the Squanto’s culture holds meaning to their artifact. The feather tied around Squanto’s hair is a symbolic gift given by his wife during his wedding.

When Squanto is thrown in the battle pit to face the wild bear, his cultural diversity is seen as he controls the aggressive bear, by simply singing to it. This astonishes the Europeans who expected otherwise and had their control technique being a chain. Looking at this particular scene, it is evident that their culture was not primitive as illustrated earlier on, and that there was indeed a unique cultural heritage to learn from. Today, Squanto’s significant role in controlling the wild using a song, is not in any way a valid measure, with the best from ABC News, (2014), being a “Bear spray”, and this rationally would be illogical to assume a better response from the bear.

Squanto’s encounter with the Pilgrim breaks down the cultural richness of his society even further when he showcases his abilities to make contact and understand an eagle. Brother Paul, one of the Pilgrims, calls the event a blasphemy to their believes and norms, making ethnocentric critics about him being a beast and the devil. Later on, Squanto introduces popcorns to the Brothers, who are astonished by the delicacy, a game, and a type of comfortable shoe wear. Fortunately, the Pilgrims finally endorse his cultural differences, which is seen when the Pilgrims defend Squanto during a search quest by Europeans and facilitate his departure back home.


Romanticization is simply the act of glorification of a given character or scene, (Merriam-Webster, 2019). In this movie, the act has been used to demonstrate the imagination ends of the how Native Americans would be, right from how they live, solve disputes, marry, believe and in their communal activities. Director Xavier Koller has rooted his ideology of Native America through a Native Warrior stereotype and the Nobel Savage stereotype.

Squanto being illustrated as the Native Warrior suggests a relative picture of his society, which is climaxed when his tribesmen honor him as a hero both in his land and outside his land. To start with, Squanto carries his Wolf Clan title and is honored to wear a wampum belt, a symbolic gesture that grants him the responsibility to protect the ways of his people. His heroic status is built as the plot expounds on his role.

When Squanto encounters his captured tribesman; Ephenow, his act to free his friend by untying him settles Squanto’s heroic niche to liberate him later in the story. It is the same character glorification, that solves the dispute between the English men who re-occupied his destroyed home and the Native people who were determined to seek vengeance. Additionally, his role crosses the border to express his heroic state among the Pilgrims. An example is how he quickly learns English, more than Brother Daniel learns his language. The director, categorically uses the nature of Squanto as a Native Warrior, to defend the rest of the New World by learning the ways of English men, a tactic that brings peace and harmony to their community.

The Nobel Savage stereotype, as an act of correcting past undesirable events, has been highlighted in several scenes. Ephenow, who has proclaimed his undivided loyalty to his community, becomes very aggressive in avenging past encounters with the Europeans, where he sneaks out of the tents with his followers and sets the treasured ship on fire. Another scene is seen when Squanto is advised by Ephenow, to visit his village and see for himself the harm brought forth by the Europeans.

It is at this point, where Squanto comes to terms with the demise of his entire community and sides with Ephenow’s ideology of destroying their enemies. The director does an incredible plot twist, expressing the certainty of Native Americans being Nobel Savages despite their interactions with the “civilized”. However, Squanto rethinks the state of Ephenow’s community and offers peace to avoid more blood on their land.


Conclusively, it is crystal clear that the above stereotype themes have been strategically endorsed by Xavier Koller, the director, as core designers of the plot and the role of characters in fulfilling the film’s needs in the long-run. It is, however, inappropriate for the director to express the events under ethnocentric terms, where one culture is in one or more ways, projected to be better than the other. The historical accuracy, unfortunately, has been manipulated to fit entertainment prospects, which can only be pinpointed under unemotional critical analysis.


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Merriam-Webster, 2019. Romanticize. Retrieved from;

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