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Native American Legends: Ahone (Rawottonemd)
Tribal affiliation: Powhatan
Pronunciation: Uncertain (the Powhatan language is no longer spoken and is known by only a few texts), but considering the
spellings Strachey used in recording other Indian words, ah-hone is a good guess.
Also known as: Rawottonemd
Type: High god,
Related figures in other tribes: Gitche Manitou (Ojibwe),
Ahone is the great creator god of the Powhatan tribe, sometimes known as
the Great Spirit or Creator in English. Like most Algonquian
high deities, Ahone appears to have been an abstract, benevolent creating spirit who was not personified in folklore
(and probably did not have a gender.) Christian missionaries arrived early to the Powhatan tribe and had a large influence on
their culture, causing Ahone to become equated with the Christian God and take on the masculine English pronoun "he."
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