[2015] catie glass (Monday Spring 2015): Powhatan

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[2015] catie glass (Monday Spring 2015): Powhatan


Powhatan Tribes settled in Virginia living near the Potomac River all the way to the James River. They relied on hunting and fishing to provide meals, clothing, and tools for survival. In colder months they relied on their harvest which includes squash, beans, and corn.

Powhatan Survival

Powhatan Chiefdom: Natives of Virginia

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Pocahontas was not the Powhatan Disney made you think she was... watch this clip that explains the reality vs. Disney's portrayal of Pocahontas.

The Powhatan were generally peaceful tribes with moderate aggression. Some villages were palisaded to protect themselves from threats. The Powhatan endurded exploitation issues with the English and were not peaceful with them until the marriage of Pocahontas, Powhatan's favorite daughter, and John Rolfe in 1614.

Powhatan Village

The Powhatans lived in "Yehakins" that were built from lashing together bark sheets. These shelters were disprursed throughout villages and housed from two to sixty people depending on village size and role in the vilage. Woman were responsible for building the shelters along with cooking, gardening, tanning hides, and rearing the children. Men were resposible for protection and hunting- training sons when they were able to.



Matrilineal Society: The Power of Women

Powhatan tribes were matrilinear, meaning that they shaped their socicety around the role of a woman. For example, land was passed down through the mother. Woman held most responsibilty in the village; they raised children, built homes, prepared meats and hides, and were able to marry many men.

Chief Powhatan

Powhatan was the chief of about 30 tribes that make up the Powhatan Chiefdom. He had over 100 wives and maintained control over the smaller tribes throught Virginia through relations with those tribe's leaders.

Pocahontas & John Rolfe


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