Dining with Pocahontas III

Pocahontas was a chief’s daughter, but she cooked with everyone else.

Tuckahoe AKA arrow arum is a wild tuber related to taro root. It was dried, pounded into flour, and cooked as a bread. The seeds/berries, ocoughtamnis, were often added. [contains oxalic acid—must be dried/cooked to be safe]

(she is said to be my great…great grandmother, but that is another story)

First African American woman to publish a book of poetry

Phillis Wheatley was born in West Africa (Gambia or Senegal, 1753. About age 7 she was sold to slave traders and taken to Boston. Her book, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published in 1773. She was emancipated in 1773, married in 1778, and died in 1784.

On being brought from Africa to America:

Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
“Their colour is a diabolic dye.”
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

Moon-Eyed People

When the Cherokee entered the Appalachians, they encountered Moon-Eyed People—short people with pale skin who were nocturnal. Some have suggested these were Prince Madoc’s Welsh colonists—I have a more mundane explanation.

The Moon-Eyed People may have avoided the heavily armed Cherokees during the day. 40,000 years ago people migrated north along the Pacific coast. The majority were related to the people of Australia and New Guinea, including people with blond and red hair. A minority were related to pygmies. As they went north, they lost their dark skin, the Ainu staying in Japan. Others crossed the Bering Straits before the Indians. DNA testing in southern Brazil confirms that they settled South America (I call them Pre-Amerindian). I believe the Moon-Eyed People are also Pre-Amerindian, likely related to the Beothuk of Newfoundland. Time will tell.

Audubon’s Hangout?

Did John James Audubon paint many of his birds here? This is Six Mile Island (Six Mile Island State Nature Preserve), 6 miles up the Ohio River from Louisville, where Audubon lived for a few years. This also the turnaround point for the yearly Great Steamboat Race.

Indiana on the viewer’s left, Kentucky on the right. 2019 Eric Suddeth photo.

Historic Home Place

This is the home I lived in as a baby. Bull Creek is to the viewer’s right. Behind the house, the farm ran to the Ohio River. (mules etc.) The river was fordable on horseback–Shawnee on horseback used to cross here to raid Kentucky. A 1790 blockhouse to prevent Shawnee raids was built here.  (Eric Suddeth photo)


Dining with Pocahontas II

Pocahontas was a chief’s daughter, but she dined simply.

Shuccohomen AKA Chickahominy – “pounded corn” was corncob with corn, hominy, and even bits of corn husk boiled together to make a pottage, a thick kettle-soup kept over the fire so people could eat when hungry. (meat etc. added as available)

(she is said to be my great…great grandmother, but that is another story)

My best board yet!

I started a new Pinterest board: The Photography of Eric Suddeth. He is my youngest son and a super photographer. I will be adding his photos from time to time. I am trying to get him interested in photography contests—if anyone knows of any, especially local ones, feel free to contact me.


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