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Pacific isles culture a touchstone for ‘Moana’

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    “Moana” stars the voice of Auli’i Cravalho as the title character, a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. With help from her hero, the legendary demigod Maui, the pair traverse the open ocean with a stowaway chicken named Heihei on an action-packed voyage.

While marketed as a family-friendly adventure-musical-comedy with Disney’s first-ever Polynesian heroine, the new computer-animated film “Moana” will be closely scrutinized for its depiction of indigenous Pacific cultures. Read more

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