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Im super hyped about Moana for so many reasons

  • A new major Disney story with PoC protagonists
  • It’s celebrating and embracing Polynesian culture
  • Incorporates a culture hero from Polynesian myth
  • The two leads are both actually from the cultures in which this figure is predominant - Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) is from Hawaii and Dwayne Johnson (Maui) is Samoan, and also lived in New Zealand, where Maui is a huge figure in Maori myth
  • It’s being directed by a Maori man - Taika Waititi
  • Maui is actually the figure from myth rather than being appropriated from it and disconnected from his actual cultural significance
  • It looks totally beautiful