Children's LiteraturePart of the "Native Nations of North America" series, this volume introduces young readers to the culture and history of the Powhatan people of the tidewater region of present-day Virginia. The authors briefly describe how Wahunsonacock took the name of Powhatan as his personal title and how the nations under the power of his chiefdom became known as the Powhatan people. A map shows the names and locations of many of the native nations living in the tidewater region around the year 1600. Fourteen very brief chapters present information on: the people of the tidewater, government, family, trade, farming, homes, villages, fishing and hunting, clothing, arts, children's daily lives, Pocahontas, the end of the chiefdom, and modern life. All chapters, with the exception of the last, deal with traditional Powhatan culture. Each chapter consists of a two-page spread enlivened by many color drawings, a few color photos, and sidebars of related information. The chapter on Pocahontas would probably be especially interesting to many readers and the book would make a worthwhile addition to other collections and text sets about Pocahontas. Unfortunately there is no bibliography, although a brief Internet site list is included. There are also maps, an index, and a glossary. 2005, Crabtree Publishing, and Ages 8 to 12.
Gisela Jernigan, Ph.D.