Willow Tree Grandmother Figurine, Natural, 5.4 x 4.1
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Figure of older woman in cream dress, seated on gray bench with young girl in cream dress, holding hands That night, Pocahontas tells Grandmother Willow of John's fate. She encourages Pocahontas to try and stop them. Pocahontas believes that she has followed the wrong path and feels lost. Meeko brings John's compass to Pocahontas, which has a spinning arrow. Grandmother Willow identifies it as the arrow from Pocahontas' dream. As sunrise comes, the arrow suddenly stops. Grandmother Willow encourages Pocahontas to go and let the spirits of the earth guide her.
Willow trees usually only live for approximately 70 years but at most 100 years. However, in the film, Grandmother Willow is 400 years old. She lives a remarkably long lifespan for a willow tree, as she ages more like an oak tree than a willow.In the second movie, Grandmother Willow plays a more minor role. Pocahontas visits Grandmother Willow and tells her of her concerns about crossing the ocean and attempting to stop the potential war between her people and the settlers. Grandmother Willow tells Pocahontas to "listen to the spirit within," but when Pocahontas tries it, it doesn't work because the forest animals make too much noise. Later, when Pocahontas is in London, Pocahontas sees the trees and sings that Grandmother Willow would just love them. At the end of the film, when John Smith and John Rolfe argue over what Pocahontas should do to save her people from Ratcliffe's armada, Pocahontas goes into the woods alone and takes Grandmother Willow's advice. Gifts to celebrate the loving relationships that develop between grandparent and child. The carrying on of traditions between generations is reflected in these sensitive sculptures.
Grandmother Willow first appears after she is consulted by Pocahontas, who relates to Grandmother Willow her doubts about Chief Powhatan's plan to have her marry Kocoum, a brave yet serious warrior. Pocahontas then relates a dream she has been having, involving a spinning arrow. Grandmother Willow advises Pocahontas that the spinning arrow is pointing Pocahontas down her path. When Pocahontas asks what her path is, Grandmother Willow advises Pocahontas to listen and allow the spirits of the earth to guide her. Pocahontas then hears the wind and, after climbing up Grandmother Willow's branches, sees "strange clouds" (which happen to be the sails of the Susan Constant, a ship belonging to the English settlers). Castle of Magical Dreams • Disney Animation Building • It's a Small World • Pocahontas Indian Village • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
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Grandmother Willow is a sentient weeping willow tree who serves as an adviser to Pocahontas. She is depicted as being an ancient and wise figure. She can be comical at times, as in her words, there is still snap in her old vines. She serves mostly as a spiritual adviser and it is implied that she served a similar role to Pocahontas's now-deceased mother some years before. Being a willow tree, many other animals make their home in her branches.