|Pocahontas and the Powhatan Indians
Offered by: VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Participants will learn about what life was like for Woodland Indians by examining the Algonquian speaking Powhatans in Virginia before the first English settlers made it their home. The Powhatans serve as an excellent example of Woodland Indian culture that dominated the eastern United States prior to the European contract. This program will feature a discussion about Pocahontas and the myths associated with her life. Much of what historians now know about her and the Indians we call "the Powhatans" is derived from English sources, as the Powhatans had no written language. The presenter will examine at the reliability of these English sources in a discussion of what mysteries still remain about these people.