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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Library Journal
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 Powhatan's dominion from their first contact with the English at Jamestown in 1607 through their tribal activities in the late 20th century. Refusing to vanish, Virginia groups retained a definably Indian character despite intense efforts by whites to deny them their heritage. There is increasing interest in surviving Eastern Indian groups; this study, complemented by the author's The Powhatan Indians of Virginia: Their Traditional Culture (Oklahoma, 1989), should serve as a model for those to follow.-- Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., Bronx, New York
Booknews
The events that shaped the lives of the Powhatan Indians of Virginia, from their first encounter with English colonists in 1607 to their present way of life. Rountree (anthropology, Old Dominion) examines the Powhatan Indians' relationships with the English, the government of the fledgling United States, the Union and the Confederacy, the US Census Bureau, white supremacists, the US Selective Service and the civil rights movement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806128498
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Civilization of the American Indian Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 694,061
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

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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