Hollywood films featuring the Loch Ness Monster should be used in school lessons to examine how films use Nessie to portray ‘Scotland vs. England’ stereotypes.
The move has caused controversy in some quarters who insist the world-famous legend should be barred from politics.
Films about the legend should be used in the school curriculum to encourage high school students to explore ideas about persuasion and prejudice.
But the segments placing the creature on a political platform by suggesting the monster is a symbol of England dominating Scotland stick.
The 17-page lesson plan, titled ‘How Others See Us in Film‘, is aimed at 11-14 year olds and says some films have shown Scotland as a ‘primitive country’ within Great Britain. Brittany.
It also examines the impact of the films ‘Brigadoon’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’.
Loch Ness tourism expert Willie Cameron said: ‘In terms of the ‘primitiveness’ of the area – historically all the hills around here and just down the glen the Pictish tribes were here and you could say it was slightly primitive but I think we’ve come a long way since then!
“Before the pandemic, Loch Ness attracted over 1.5million visitors, generating over £45million for the economy, so if they want to call us primitive that’s fine, but as far as business-wise, that’s great.”
According to Scottish government agency Education Scotland, the study encourages students to debate and analyze prejudice and the role film plays in shaping the overall vision of Scotland and helps students learn to respect heritage and the identity of others.
Those who have studied Loch Ness for decades say Nessie is bigger than any label.
Self-proclaimed ‘Nessie Hunter’ Steve Feltham has lived by the Loch for 30 years.
He said, “There’s something out there in the Loch. He doesn’t wear a kilt, he doesn’t have a beanie, we don’t have enough evidence, but the purpose of the lesson plan is to stimulate a debate about how he is portrayed in the film at the global scale.
“It is without a doubt the biggest hallmark of the Highlands of Scotland and perhaps the number one attraction for visitors from all over the world to come here, and all for the good.”