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Barrie's original treatment of them was as exotic savages, as they would seem to a Scotsman living in London.
In Disney's film they were presented as the kinds of "red-skins" popular in Westerns of the day, speaking in a pidgin English littered with "heap big"s and ending words with "-um'. The men of the tribe are big-nosed caricatures, colored brick red. The character Big Chief doesn't even look human. Worse yet, they all sing the song "What Makes the Red Man Red" which claims to explain a bunch of stereotypes about Native Americans such as "When did he first say 'Ugh' ?" and the answer to the song's title is that the first Indian prince "He kiss a maid and start to blush, and we've all been blushin' since". Tiger Lily (and one other pretty young female Indian shown briefly for the gag answer to the questions in the song) are lighter skinned, with features like the white children's.
- See: Native Americans