What does it mean to be human?

As you view Cabeza de Vaca, you are able to see the Amerindians make connections with one another and Cabeza de Vaca, Estabanico make connections with the Amerindians and Cabeza de Vaca, and Cabeza de Vaca return those geniune feelings of respect, communication and personal connection. 

I think one of the underlying themes in the movie is to demonstrate the idea, that the European idea of superiority was wrong, and that all ethnicities of people should have been respected in thier own right, as we are all equal peoples. 

The ideas are demonstrated most in the connections between Cabeza de Vaca and his young brother from an unknown tribe, Estabanico choosing not to walk away towards freedom, but to return to comfort Cabeza de Vaca, and when the “malacosa” native sheds tears at Cabeza de Vaca’s departure.

It’s almost as if a subplot is the idea where all people’s can live together somewhat peacefully, but just a little shy of the ideal harmony, because people will always be people who do foolish things, regardless of ethnicity.

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