Disney did know what ‘Tonto’ meant in Spanish after all

Months fly by. Apparently Silver does too — albeit onto collapsing houses and mine shafts, not to mention moving railway cars.

Original artwork from Phantacea Five, drawing by Vince Marchesano et al, 1980

Original artwork from Phantacea Five, drawing by Vince Marchesano et al, 1980

Kirby Sattler's Raven on Head, image taken from web

Design by Kirby Sattler used by Johnny Depp as model for his version of Tonto

Might she be a psychopomp? If so, they don’t outright say so in the Lone Ranger movie.

Don’t tell you what ‘tonto‘ means, either; not explicitly. But at least they did refer to it, albeit not till the end.

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Made mention of the Lone Ranger movie a few months ago on Serendipity and Phantacea (http://www.phantacea.info/seren.htm#manOya). Did a ditto on pHantaBlog. Have now seen it.

Recall at the time virtually every reviewer I read said it was unadulterated crap. Beg to differ. It isn’t unadulterated, as in ‘ Not mingled or diluted with extraneous matter; pure’.

Not sure it’s adulterated crap either: ‘To make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients.’ The filmmakers knew exactly what they were doing and it wasn’t crap.

Drawing ascribed to Lakota Sioux chief Black Hawk of Wakinya Thunder Beings, c 1880; scanned in from August 2015 issue of Fortean Times

Drawing ascribed to Lakota Sioux chief Black Hawk of Wakinya Thunder Beings, c 1880; scanned in from August 2015 issue of Fortean Times

At least, though it is Disney, they didn’t intend to make it crap. Did intend to make it rollicking good fun along the lines of that other Johnny Depp franchise they produce. The one where he plays Keith Richards as a buccaneer.

Movie ends with a question: “Do you know what Tonto means in Spanish.” Have wondered about this for decades, as it happened. And I knew what it meant.

Kirby Sattler's design side by side with Johnny Depp's Tonto in Lone Ranger movie released by Disney Studios

The two Tontos, images taken from Web after reading an article on Lightning Beings in Fortean Times, August 2015

Straight out of the Serendipity article cited in above ditto link, here’s a different take on subject:

“Guess now I’m going to have to assume the creators of the Lone Ranger weren’t really racist twits when they named him thusly. They meant that Tonto was a highly respected tribal heyoka — a Thunder Cloud Clown.”

Collage prepared by JIm McPherson, 2014, utilizing artwork by Verne Andru and Ricardo Sandoval

Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2015, made up of Ricardo Sandoval space backdrop and female sphinx from the cover of “Helios on the Moon”, plus Verne Andru’s Freespirit Nihila, 2012, and old King Cold, 1980

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