CRRL History: The Powhatan Confederacy
Annotation:Lifeways examines the existences carved out by each tribe. Daily life, religious beliefs and sacred rituals are all explored, as well as a tribe's social systems, rules of warfare and their sense of themselves within the natural universe. In addition, the cycle of life -- from birth to marriage to death -- is revealed, including the roles played by men and women, boys and girls.
Annotation:Read an overview of the past and present lives of the Powhatan people, tracing their customs, family life, history, culture, and relations with the United States government.
Annotation:Learn about the history, economy, culture, and people of the Virginia colony from the early Indian settlements to the Revolution. Read brief biographies of prominent Virginians of the period from Powhatan to Thomas Jefferson and Henry Lee.
Annotation:According to Native American lore, her parents knew her as "Amonte" and her secret clan name was "Matoaca." Her European Christian friends called her "Lady Rebecca." Many have revered her as the "mother" of our nation, the female counterpart to George Washington. We know her as Pocahontas, legendary Indian princess, daughter of the mighty Chief Powhatan.
Annotation:This source from anthropologist and linguist John R. Swanton provides in-depth information on the Powhatan tribes, villages, and history.
Annotation:Read the biography of Pocahontas, an Indian princess who assisted the Jamestown settlement in North America and worked for peace between her people and the English settlers. The Arts and Entertainment Television Biography Project prepared this Web site.
Annotation:The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities provides biographical and bibliographical information on Pocahontas.
Annotation:"In 1995, Roy Disney decided to release an animated movie about a Powhatan woman known as 'Pocahontas.' In answer to a complaint by the Powhatan Nation, he claims the film is 'responsible, accurate, and respectful.' We of the Powhatan Nation disagree. The film distorts history beyond recognition. Our offers to assist Disney with cultural and historical accuracy were rejected."
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