Powhatan Indians of Virginia; Their Traditional Culture

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Among the aspects of Powhatan life that Helen Rountree describes in vivid detail are hunting and agriculture, territorial claims, warfare and treatment of prisoners, physical appearance and dress, construction of houses and towns, education of youths, initiation rites, family and social structure and customs, the nature of rulers, medicine, religion, and even village games, music, and dance.

Rountree’s is the first book-length treatment of this fascinating culture, which ...

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Overview

Among the aspects of Powhatan life that Helen Rountree describes in vivid detail are hunting and agriculture, territorial claims, warfare and treatment of prisoners, physical appearance and dress, construction of houses and towns, education of youths, initiation rites, family and social structure and customs, the nature of rulers, medicine, religion, and even village games, music, and dance.

Rountree’s is the first book-length treatment of this fascinating culture, which included one of the most complex political organizations in native North American and which figured prominently in early American history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806124551
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Civilization of the American Indian Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,389,674
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.66 (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fieldwork for two decades have been among North American Indians in both Virginia and Nevada; she has worked both with historical documents and with living Indians and has written numerous journal articles.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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