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Powhatan Culture and History

As a complement to our Powhatan language information, we would like to share our collection of indexed links about the Powhatan people and various aspects of their society. The emphasis of these pages is on American Indians as a living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Powhatan history is interesting and important, but the Powhatans are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern authors as well as traditional folklore, contemporary artwork as well as museum pieces, and the issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Our Powhatan Websites

Powhatan Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Powhatan Indian language.
Powhatan Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Powhatan culture.
Powhatan Legends:
    Collection of Powhatan Indian legends and folktales.

Tribal and Community Links

Rankokus Indian Reservation:
    Official website of the Powhatan Renape nation.
Pamunkey Indian Tribe:
    Official website of the Pamunkey tribe.
Coastal Carolina Indian Center:
    Organization working to preserve Croatoan, Tuscarora, and Powhatan culture and traditions.

Maps of Powhatan Lands

Virginia Indian Map * Maryland Indian Map:
    Tribal maps showing the original territory of the Powhatan Indians and their neighbors.

Powhatan Lifestyle and Traditions

Midatlantic Tribal Costume * American Indian Clothes * Indian Beaded Headbands * American Indian Hairstyles:
    Sketches and photographs of traditional Lenape and Powhatan clothing.
Powhatan Renape Flag:
    Flag of the Powhatan Renape of New Jersey, with some background information.
Wigwams and Long houses:
    Pictures of Powhatan house styles and other Native American homes.
Ma'at Salad:
    Traditional Powhatan food recipes.
Powhatan Legends:
    Powhatan Indian folktales and traditional stories.
Native American Religion:
    Advice for people researching traditional Powhatan religion and other American Indian spirituality.

Powhatan Literature and Arts

Powhaten Authors * Jack D. Forbes:
    Three Powhatan writers, their lives and work.
Pamunkey Pottery:
    Article from the Museum of the Pamunkey Tribe on traditional Pamunkey/Powhatan pottery.
American Indian Art:
    Information, pictures and links about Powhatan and other native art.

Powhatan History

Powhatan Indian Tribe History:
    Historical article on the Powhatan Confederacy.
History of the Pamunkey Indians:
    19th-century historical text about the Pamunkey tribe. (Note that like many texts from the 1800's,
    it does contain some insulting stereotypes about indigenous people.)
The Anglo-Powhatan Wars * Military Actions of the Powhatan Confederacy * First Anglo-Powhatan War:
    History of the conflicts between the Powhatans and the English.
Powhatan (Wahunsenacah or Wahunsenacawh) * Chief Powhatan * Chief Powhatan:
    Biographies of Wahunsunacock, the Powhatan chief.
The Real Pocahontas * Matoaka/Pocahantas * The Pocahontas Myth * Pocohantas, Powhatan Princess: * Pocahontas:
    Articles about Chief Powhatan's famous daughter, Pocahontas.
Openchancanough, Indian Chief * Opechancanough * Opchanacanough:
    Biography articles about Opechancanough, the second leader of the Powhatan Confederacy.
Short History of the Powhatan Indians:
    Overview of Powhatan Indian history.
Four Directions: Powhatan:
    Timeline and links about Powhatan history.

Powhatan Genealogy

Pocohontas Descendants:
    A complete genealogical chart of the Powhatan princess Pocahontas' family tree, also with links.
Ancestor Search:
    Online lookup of Powhatan records through the Ancestry genealogy service.
Powhatan Native American Genealogy Forum:
    Messageboard for Pamunkey and other Powhatan Indian descendants.
Native American Genealogy:
    Direction for those seeking Powhatan and other American Indian ancestors.

Books for sale on the Powhatans

Dictionary of Virginia Powhatan * A Vocabulary of Powhatan:
    Powhatan language books for sale.
Pocahontas' People:
    An excellent history of the Powhatan nation from the 1600's through today.
Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown:
    History of the interactions between the Powhatan Confederacy and the Jamestown colony.
Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma * Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend:
    Biographies of Chief Powhatan's famous daughter.
The Powhatan Indians * Powhatan Lifeways:
    Picture books about Powhatan Indian culture for kids.
Pocahantas' Descendants:
    Powhatan genealogy book.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about the Powhatans and Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Powhatan Indian Confederacy:
   Encyclopedia article about the Powhatans.
   Los Powhatanos:
   Information about the Powhatan tribe in Spanish.
   Pocahontas Links:
   Links about Pocahontas and the Powhatan tribe.

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