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Jamestown and Werowocomoco Powhatan's capital are underlined in red. John Smith's Map of Not much is known about this memorable woman. What we do know was written by others, as none of her thoughts or feelings were ever recorded.
Specifically, her story has been told through written historical accounts and, most recently, through the sacred oral history of the Mattaponi. Most notably, Pocahontas has left an indelible impression that has endured for more than years.
And yet, many people who know her name do not know much about her.
The Written History Pocahontas was born about and named "Amonute," though she also had a more private name of Matoaka. She was called "Pocahontas" as a nickname, which meant "playful one," because of her frolicsome and curious nature.
She was the daughter of Wahunsenaca Chief Powhatanthe mamanatowick paramount chief of the Powhatan Chiefdom. At its height, the Powhatan Chiefdom had a population of about 25, and included more than 30 Algonquian speaking tribes - each with its own werowance chief.
The Powhatan Indians called their homeland "Tsenacomoco. However, nothing is written John rofle the English about Pocahontas' mother. Some historians have theorized that she died during childbirth, so it is possible that Pocahontas did not leave like most of her half-siblings.
Either way, Pocahontas would have eventually returned to live with her father Powhatan and her half-siblings once she was weaned. Her mother, if still living, would then have been free to remarry.
How a young Pocahontas might have looked. Unknown British Museum As a young girl, Pocahontas would have worn little to no clothing and had her hair shaven except for a small section in the back that was grown out long and usually braided.
The shaven parts were probably bristly most of the time as the Powhatan Indians used mussel shells for shaving. In winter, she could have worn a deerskin mantle not everyone could afford one. As she grew, she would have been taught women's work; even though the favorite daughter of the paramount chief Powhatan afforded her a more privileged lifestyle and more protection, she still needed to know how to be an adult woman.
Women's work was separate from men's work, but both were equally taxing and equally important as both benefited all Powhatan society. As Pocahontas would learn, besides bearing and rearing children, women were responsible for building the houses called yehakins by the Powhatanwhich they may have owned.
Women did all the farming, planting and harvestingthe cooking preparing and servingcollected water needed to cook and drink, gathered firewood for the fires which women kept going all the timemade mats for houses inside and outmade baskets, pots, cordage, wooden spoons, platters and mortars.
Women were also barbers for the men and would process any meat the men brought home as well as tanning hides to make clothing. Another important thing Pocahontas had to learn to be an adult woman was how to collect edible plants.
As a result, she would need to identify the various kinds of useful plants and have the ability to recognize them in all seasons.
All of the skills it took to be an adult woman Pocahontas would have learned by the time she was about thirteen, which was the average age Powhatan women reached puberty.
Pocahontas and her father would not meet any Englishmen until the winter ofwhen Captain John Smith who is perhaps as famous as Pocahontas was captured by Powhatan's brother Opechancanough. Once captured, Smith was displayed at several Powhatan Indian towns before being brought to the capital of the Powhatan Chiefdom, Werowocomoco, to Chief Powhatan.
What happened next is what has kept the names of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith inextricably linked: As Smith tells it, he was brought in front of Chief Powhatan, two large stones were placed on the ground, Smith's head was forced upon them, and a warrior raised a club to smash in his brains.
Before this could happen, Pocahontas rushed in and placed her head upon his, which stopped the execution. Whether this event actually happened or not has been debated for centuries. One theory posits that what took place was an elaborate adoption ceremony; its adherents believe that Smith's life was never in danger though, he most likely would not have known that.
Afterwards, Powhatan told Smith he was part of the tribe. In return for "two great guns and a grindstone," Powhatan would give Smith Capahowasick on the York Riverand "forever esteem him as his son Nantaquoud.
These envoys were usually accompanied by Pocahontas, as she was a sign of peace to the English. On her visits to the fort, Pocahontas was seen cart-wheeling with the young English boys, living up to her nickname of "playful one.
On one occasion, she was sent to negotiate for the release of Powhatan prisoners. According to John Smith, it was for and to Pocahontas alone that he finally released them. As time passed, however, relations between the Powhatan Indians and the English began to deteriorate, but Pocahontas's relationship with the newcomers was not over.
The English trading with the Powhatan Indians for food. NPS Image By the winter ofthe English visited various Powhatan tribes to trade beads and other trinkets for more corn, only to find a severe drought had drastically reduced the tribes' harvests.Watch video · On this day in History, Pocahontas marries John Rolfe on Apr 05, Learn more about what happened today on History.
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