The Indigenous Chesapeake: Past & Present
Saturday, November 2 2013 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Guests explore the material culture and historical life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians with members of Pocahontasís descendant communities during American Indian Heritage Month at Historic Jamestowne, This day-long event is the first in a series of public programs highlighting the World of Pocahontas, a special year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe.
Historical interpreters will examine the Powhatan peoplesí seventeenth-century politics and early relationships with the colonists of James Fort. Tatacoope, one of Powhatanís sons, and Opachisco, an uncle of Pocahontas will be on site alongside Englishman Capt. Edward Brewster. Patawomeck Chief Emeritus Robert Green will discuss English visits to the Potomac River and examine Pocahontasís 1613 capture from the village of Passapatanzy.
Interpreter Melanie Wright and members of the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation will present demonstrations on Algonquian cooking and foodways. Visitors can also learn about Patawomeck riverine culture and see the vessels and tools of the Chesapeakeís original watermen on display. Throughout the day, Daniel Abbott, a Nanticoke descendant from the Eastern Shore, will provide demonstrations of tool making and weaponry, and describe Algonquian uses of local flora and fauna. Abbott is an educator, researcher and artisan focused on study of the indigenous peoples of the mid-Atlantic.
This program is presented jointly by Preservation Virginia and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in collaboration with the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation.
Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne.