Here are my top 3 New Disney Princesses who could get their own movies...
Disney needs new princesses including more diversity, so I chose 3 new princesses that will have their own names, music and story lines. Below I will list the names of each character in parentheses the country where the story originated from, tell you about their history, and list the benefits of each character.
LET US BEGIN!
1.) Califia, Queen of California (Spain)
Source (Rasta Livewire):
California, the land of the ever-living Muurish Empress Calafia/Califia. Calafia was the title of each empress. California was her land. She was known to be black of skin, of the muurish nationality, and ruled over Islands and Islands of black people, from California, Baja, to Hawaii.
A muurish Island, ruled by women. It was first mentioned in the records of the western European christians in the seventh century, and retold “The Song of Roland” where a passing mention of a place called Califerne, was made perhaps because it was the caliph’s domain. See (Putnam, Ruth (1917). Herbert Ingram Priestley. ed. California: the name. Berkeley: University of California)
Spanish conquistadors told stories about a mystical black muurish queen that ruled a State of California, situated in the same location as the present day California. The modern state of State California continues the legacy and the memory of this great black Queendom and its Queens.
Khalifa means God’s ruler (in Muurish Arabic).
The story of Calafia was later re-narrated in the book The Adventures of Esplandián, a book written in 1500, probably based on stories gleaned from the old Muurish seamen of Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium and England.
Calafia is introduced as “… a regal Muurish black woman, courageous, strong of limb and large in person, full in the bloom of womanhood, the most beautiful of a long line of queens who ruled over the mythical realm of California.”
She supposedly commanded a fleet of ships with which she ruled and maintained peace in the surrounding lands, and islands including Baja and Hawaii. She reportedly kept an aerial defense force of “griffins”, and other fabulous animals which were native to California, trained to defend the land against invanders.
She was so powerful she could project her imperial power over the seas of the mediteranean at will. The Esplandian narrates that Calafia maintained cultural and trading contacts with the Muurs of Africa. It told of her wars in the mediterranean seas,in Anatolia, the Byzantine empire and in southern Europe.
According to the author of The Adventures of Esplandián:
“Know ye that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California, very close to that part of the Terrestrial Paradise, which was inhabited by black women without a single man among them, and they lived in the manner of Amazons. They were robust of body with strong passionate hearts and great virtue. The island itself is one of the wildest in the world on account of the bold and craggy rocks.”(Putnam, Ruth (1917). Herbert Ingram Priestley. ed. California: the name. Berkeley: University of California)
The crusader and conqueror of the territory of California Hernán Cortés and his men were familiar with the book. Cortés quoted liberally from the book and it did have an influence on his decision to look for the Island of California. As governor of Mexico he sent out an ill-fated expedition of two ships, one guided by the famous pilot Fortún Ximénez. That expedition did not fare well at all and most of the ships and the men were lost.
In 1535, Cortés led an expedition back to the land of Calafia or California, and decided to re-named it Santa Cruz. However, that name did not stick, as the natives, and the Muurs and the black Indians and red Indians and so-called whites continued to use the ancient and old name of the land “California”.
Cortes himself and his contemporaries appeared to have used the name too. In 1550 and 1556, the name appears three times in reports about Cortés written by Giovanni Battista Ramusio.
Thus over the years of increasing conquest, colonization and rape of the land of California, the ancient land of the muurs has held onto its name and identity, in the knowledge that one day, it will be as it was in the beginning.
In 2004, the African American Historical and Cultural Society Museum in San Francisco assembled a Queen Califia exhibit, curated by John William Templeton, featuring works by artists such as TheArthur Wright and James Gayles; artistic interpretations of Calafia.
The show displayed a 1936 treatment of Lucille Lloyd’s “California Allegory” triptych, with Queen Califia as the central figure. Templeton said that “Califia is a part of California history, and she also reinforces the fact that African Americans had always been in California. See, Sabir, Wanda. “Wanda’s Picks”. San Francisco Bayview. Retrieved January 2, 2011. http://sigidiart.com/Docs/WandasPicksCalifia.htm
“Califia is a part of California history, and she also reinforces the fact that when Cortes named this place California, he had 300 black people with him. And throughout the whole Spanish-Mexican war, 40 percent of the population was black.”
Templeton pointed out that most of the navigators on the explorations to the New World were African, because Africans knew how to get the New World.
For instance, Columbus had a black navigator. Muurish (black) folks had been going back and forth between Africa and America from the dawn of time. All they had to do was get in the wind right off the West Coast of Africa.
A Muurish (African) Emperor Abu Bukari took 1,000 ships to the New World in the 1300s. So Muurish navigators and sea men were highly sought in those days that the previously land-bounded Europeans were in their infancy in navigational and maritime sciences.
A black man used to own the San Fernando Valley. That was Pio de Jesus Pico (1801-1894). He was also the last Mexican governor of California. In total, in the 1800s, there were atleast four black governors of the state of California. See Sabir, Wanda. “Wanda’s Picks”. San Francisco Bayview. Retrieved January 2, 2011 http://sigidiart.com/Docs/WandasPicksCalifia.htm
Dr. William E. Hoskins, director of the museum, said that very few people know the story of Queen Califia. He said, “One of the things we’re trying to do is let people have the additional insight and appreciation for the contributions of African Americans to this wonderful country and more specifically to the state of California”. See Sabir, Wanda. “Wanda’s Picks”. San Francisco Bayview. Retrieved January 2, 2011 http://sigidiart.com/Docs/WandasPicksCalifia.htm
I think Califia should be a princess in the movie for awhile before her mother passes the crown down to her-
Califia would be Disney's first Queen, ruler of an island entirely made up of women, a warrior-princess and doesn't have a love interest or fall in love with a male character. In the beginning of the story Califia is still a warrior-princess for the time being while her mother, Queen Faraa (Fah-RAH), which means "Cheerful One" is still ruler of California. (I made up her mother)
This is how I would imagine Califia's mother, Queen Faraa -
How could this story work and what are the benefits?
I mean we're sitting on top of a gold mine! Califia is one of those stories that's not just folklore or mythology but it's rich, history! The story has so much educational values to teach the youth especially in the California projects facing racial discrimination towards one another. It's one of those stories that women and minorities can be proud of! The story can be bent a few ways but keep the essence of the story alive. Throughout the entire film until the very end there should be ZERO male characters, yea I said it...
During the end of the film you see Spanish ships arriving towards the magical island of California, and this is where author, Carlos Sainz De La Maza gets his idea for his book (pretending the magical island is real). So the whole movie should focus on culture, mother and daughter relationship also break the mold of Disney Queens being evil, grumpy, ugly and jealous, Faraa is the exact opposite towards her daughter Califia.
Music is essential to every Disney princess film, I want the music to have a lot of African music to take the audience to a whole new world, no more overused theatre music. Very soothing, uplifting-fun music and most of it will be in another language (not english) to encourage children to learn more about another continent or country's culture. I chose 2 songs that would fit the theme for this movie and I would love recording artist -
Angelique Kidjo to be the voice of Califia
2 songs I think would fit the theme of the movie
2.) Sedna, Inuit Goddess of The Sea (Inuit)
There are multiple versions of the myth of Sedna I chose the best clear cut story that seems the most popular.
Source (HVGB Sedna Story):
As the legend goes, Sedna was a beautiful Inuit girl who lived with her father. She was very vain and thought she was too beautiful to marry just anyone. Time and time again she turned down hunters who came to her camp wishing to marry her. Finally one day her father said to her "Sedna, we have no food and we will go hungry soon. You need a husband to take care of you, so the next hunter who comes to ask your hand in marriage, you must marry him." Sedna ignored her father and kept brushing her hair as she looked at her reflection in the water.
Soon her father saw another hunter approaching their camp. The man was dressed elegantly in furs and appeared to be well-to-do even though his face was hidden. Sedna's father spoke to the man. "If you wish to seek a wife I have a beautiful daughter . She can cook and sew and I know she will make a good wife." Under great protest, Sedna was placed aboard of the hunters kayak and journeyed to her new home. Soon they arrived at an island. Sedna looked around. She could see nothing. No sod hut, no tent, just bare rocks and a cliff. The hunter stood before Sedna and as he pulled down his hood, he let out and evil laugh. Sedna's husband was not a man as she had thought but a raven in disguise. She screamed and tried to run, but the bird dragged her to a clearing on the cliff. Sedna's new home was a few tufts of animal hair and feathers strewn about on the hard, cold rock. The only food she had to eat was fish. Her husband, the raven, brought raw fish to her after a day of flying off in search of food.
Sedna was very unhappy and miserable. She cried and cried and called her father's name. Through the howling arctic winds Sedna's father could hear his daughter's cries. He felt guilty for what he had done as he knew she was sad. Sedna's father decided it was time to rescue his daughter. He loaded up his kayak and paddled for days through the frigid arctic waters to his Sedna's home. When he arrived Sedna was standing on the shore. Sedna hugged her father then quickly climbed into his kayak and paddled away. After many hours of travel Sedna turned and saw a black speck far off into the distance. She felt the fear well up inside of her for she knew the speck was her angry husband flying in search of her.
The big black raven swooped down upon the kayak bobbing on the ocean. Sedna's father took his paddle and struck at the raven but missed as the bird continued to harass them. Finally the raven swooped down near the kayak and flapped his wing upon the ocean. A vicious storm began to brew. The calm arctic ocean soon became a raging torrent tossing the tiny kayak to and fro. Sedna's father became very frightened. He grabbed Sedna and threw her over the side of the kayak into the ocean. "Here, he screamed, here is your precious wife, please do not hurt me, take her."
Sedna screamed and struggled as her body began go numb in the icy arctic waters. She swam to the kayak and reached up, her fingers grasping the side of the boat. Her father, terrified by the raging storm, thought only of himself as he grabbed the paddle and began to pound against Sedna's fingers. Sedna screamed for her father to stop but to no avail. Her frozen fingers cracked and fell into the ocean. Affected by her ghastly husbands powers, Sedna's fingers while sinking to the bottom, turned into seals. Sedna attempted again to swim and cling to her father's kayak. Again he grabbed the paddle and began beating at her hands. Again Sedna's hands, frozen by the arctic sea again cracked off. The stumps began to drift to the bottom of the sea, this time turned into the whales and other large mammals. Sedna could fight no more and began to sink herself.
Sedna, tourmented and raging with anger for what had happened to her, did not perish. She became, and still is today, the goddess of the sea. Sedna's companions are the seals, and the whales that sit with her at the bottom on the ocean. Her anger and fury against man is what drums up the violent seas and storms . Hunters have a great respect for her. Legend has it that they must treat her with respect. Shaman's from the world above must swim down to her to comb her long black tangled hair. This calms Sedna down. Once this is done, she releases her mammals to allow the Inuit to eat from the bounty of the sea. It is for this reason in the north that after a hunter catches a seal he drops water into the mouth of the mammal, a gesture to thank Sedna for her kindness in allowing him to feed his family.
This is the legend of Sedna.
The story about Sedna would be such an artsy, colorful and dramatic movie!
I love the story the way it is, maybe add and take away somethings but overall it's perfect for me. With a great team of artist I can see this movie being colorful with crazy animated effects plus beautiful music.
How could this story work and what are the benefits?
If you read the story it already sounds like a Disney princess film. The major benefit for this story being told is... spreading the Inuit culture, understanding and appreciating life. It's a beautiful but harsh story that Inuit people have been telling for generations. I really wanted to find a folktale based on an Inuit princess because I remember reading on Tumblr's RaceBent Disney about complaints towards the movie Frozen, which were understandable.
The MUSIC IS AWESOME! Thank goodness for Youtube I found some great music. There's this really cool style of music that the Inuit women perform called "Throat Singing", it's wild! I will post two music videos that I would love to listen to in the movie and I apologize for not listing an actress because I honestly couldn't find any big named Inuit female singers. In the comments below give me a name if you know of any
3.) Princess Erendira (Mexico)
Artwork by usma
READ THS-Before we start with History/Original Story, Erendira is the only woman on this list that has the least information about her. With the little information i've found, she sparked my interest! She almost has the same benefits as Califia plus she's a leader during a time where Mexico was being overran by Spanish invaders. Unfortunately, I do not have a precise music list but I will get back to that later on. For now I will list the history/original story and the only source I could find is Wikipedia. If any of you readers find anything new about her please let me know in the comments section below.
Princess Eréndira of the P'urhépecha was the princess of the P'urhépecha or Tarascan people from about 1503-1519. She was 16-17 when the Spanish came to Mexico. The Purepecha Kingdom's leader, Tangaxuan II, had given up his kingdom and people to the Spanish after he saw the downfall of the Aztec Empire to the Spanish.
The story of princess Eréndira's subsequent role as a heroine is based on tradition and may or may not reflect actual events. According to the tradition she led a war on the Spanish. Setting up base on a hill she attacked the arriving Spaniards. She is said to have killed a Spanish horseman and stolen his horse later training others to use horses. During one of the battles some Spanish warriors found and murdered Eréndira's father in his sleep. Eréndira got wind of this and went to see him. According to the tradition this was when the P'urhépecha began to lose the war. There are many theories of what happened to her. Some of which include her suicide by drowning, her leaving to train others for war and that she killed herself for falling in love with a Spanish monk. One legend even claims that she was kidnapped by her own people and put into a temple so that the Spaniards should not find and kill her.
In the earty 1940's the former San Agustín temple was turned into the public library Gertrudis Bocanegra. Juan O'Gorman painted a graphic history of Michoacán right where the altar used to be. Princess Eréndira sits at the white horse (left part of the painting).
I really wanted to add more characters but that would take forever! I hope all of you enjoyed my list, hopefully Disney comes up with new characters!