Avatar:
The Anahuac Story in Hollywood

We have had the white supremacist monstrocities of ROAD TO EL DORADO, APOCALYPTO, and other racist shit of movies smeared on our heritage, now comes this unexpected gift of using one science fiction story to bring the history of this continent closer to the light of truth. Spread the word on this movie so that everyone sees it. It is not a perfect movie, it has some New Age flaws, some "white man is the hero" flaw, but it is a great start to telling the truth of what has happened to our people over the last 500 years. It is now the biggest grossing film of all time.

We need to try to influence the sequel to AVATAR. In this first movie we are on a moon of a large planet, this is equal to the islands of the Caribbean, and this is a man in balance with nature sort of scenario. The sequel will probably be about the big planet, the mainland, in the background. AVATAR II needs to tell of civilizations, and civilizations destroyed, of genocided and stolen lands, stolen wealth, and an enslaved people. Obviously this is an allegory of Europeans coming to our continent as invaders, slavers, exploiters, as evil doers. The world needs to fully understand the allegory. Perhaps the director of this movie will have the strength of character to tell the sequel from the Nican Tlaca, from the native point of view, without the need of a white man for us to identify with.

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Avatar: The Anahuac Story in Hollywood
By Citlalli Citlalmina Anahuac
12/21/2009

We are constantly told that we are crazy for imagining a future without Europeans controlling our lives. We are seen as somehow incompetent because we dare to think of a future as a liberated people. It is very difficult to explain this plan of liberation without the stigma of “looney.” We lack the imagination that would allow us to view ourselves as a free people in 100% control of our culture, land, and identity.

Once in a while, there are movies that we can use to help illustrate what we are talking about. In 1999, The Matrix, offered us a great metaphor of what colonialism was in the sense of offering the matrix as the reality of our colonialism; a manufactured reality created for our demise and for the continuation of colonization. We used it in many lectures and in our literature as a way to help people to see colonialism in which we live. Many people reacted with the “Oh, I get it” response and were able to better grasp our description of the colonized condition of our people.

Months ago, trailers of AVATAR began appearing on Youtube and full billboards appeared displaying an alien-like face. Not much was shared through those images but the trailers were very indicative of a what appeared to be a very Anahuac-based story line. “This is our land.”
Upon watching the trailer, I was certain that the ending would involve a complete takeover and that the happy ending would either include a completely occupied planet, or that the Na’vi people would fully embrace the “Humans” and live happily ever after, as outnumbered Indigenous people who gave in. I was excited about the movie but felt very skeptical about how it would end. I never would’ve imagined the ending: The invaders departing for home on an airship of defeat, except for a few allies from the Earthlings that were allowed to stay.

Even more spectacular, the main character decided to become a Na’vi for the rest of his life and forever abandon his old identity as a human.
I must say that I was completely happy to see that the female characters were portrayed as honorable warrior women who looked out for the well-being of their people and not the stereotypical sexualized and helpless Native woman. And although the Na’vi humanoids were almost naked, the viewer was not left with an over-sexualized view of the Na’vi people.

If there is to be any criticism on my end , it would be very minimal. For example, would the main character still have fought for the Na’vi people had he not fallen in love with the Na’vi woman? Also, a portrayal of more complex societies of the Na’vi would’ve been a bit more appealing . All the nature loving seemed a little too in step with the stereotypical view of Indigenous people, but it worked within the full context.

Overall this film will be great to use as an example of what we as a Nican Tlaca people have been through. More importantly, it demonstrates our need for liberation. We know we have many white allies, but at the end, how many of them are willing to fight by our side to help us regain our humanity, and at the same time to help whites regain their humanity?