Pocahontas's People: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia Through Four Centuries

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1996 - History - 404 pages

In this history, Helen C. Roundtree traces events that shaped the lives of the Powhatan Indians of Virginia, from their first encounter with English colonists, in 1607, to their present-day way of life and relationship to the state of Virginia and the federal government.

Roundtree’s examination of those four hundred years misses not a beat in the pulse of Powhatan life. Combining meticulous scholarship and sensitivity, the author explores the diversity always found among Powhatan people, and those people’s relationships with the English, the government of the fledgling United States, the Union and the Confederacy, the U.S. Census Bureau, white supremacists, the U.S. Selective Service, and the civil rights movement.


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This meticulously documented volume by an ethnohistorian and anthropologist soundly demonstrates that "the `vanishing Indian' is indeed a myth.'' The author traces the story of the Native Americans in ... Read full review


Prologue The Powhatan Indian Way of Life in 1607
Epilogue Ethnic Identity Among the Powhatan Indians of Virginia

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Page 371 - Virginia and Maryland As it is Planted and Inhabited this present Year 1670 Surveyed and Exactly Drawne by the Only Labour & Endeavour of Augustin Herrman Bohemiensis.

About the author (1996)

Helen C. Rountree is an ethno-historian with degrees from the College of William and Mary, the University of Utah, and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her research and fieldwork for two decades have been among North American Indians in both Virginia and Nevada; she has worked both with historical documents and with living Indians and has written numerous journal articles. She is associate professor of anthropology in Old Dominion University.

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