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Pocahontas speaks

I don’t think Pocahontas learned to read and write, but at Jamestown, she gave John Smith some Mattaponi words. This is as close to her actual voice as we can get.

Mowchick woyawgh tawgh noeragh kaqueremecher= I am very hungry? what shall I eate!
Tawnor nehiegh Powhatan= Where dwels Powhatan.
Mache nehiegh yourowgh Orapaks.= Now he dwels a great way hence at Oropaks. Vittapitchewayne anpechitchs n e-kawper Werowacomoco= You lie he stayed ever at Werowacomoco.
Kator nehiegh mat tag h neer vttapitcheicayne= Truely he is there I doe not lie.
Spaugktynere keragh werowance mawmarinough kekate wawgh peyaguaugh.= Run you then to the King Mawmarynough and bid him come hither
Vtteke, e peya weyack wighwhip= Get you gone and come againe quickly.
Kekaten Pokahontas Patiaquagh niugh tanks manotyens neer mowchick rawrenock audowgh= Bid Pokahontas bring hither two little Baskets and I will giue her white Beads= to make her a Chaiue.

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Archeological discovery

Pocahontas’s birthplace has been discovered. Pocahontas was born about 1596 in the Mattaponi village of Werowocomoco—Chief’s Town. Her father was Wahunsenaca, Chief of the Powhatan Confederacy. It was abandoned in 1609 because it was too close to the English. Its location has been discovered, and the owners were nice enough to allow archaeologists to examine it. [the village is small, but European diseases had killed most of the population]

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Happy birthday!

Pocahontas’s birthday was September 17. (don’t like to forget, we are supposedly related) Matoaka, Flower-Between-Rivers, was born about 1597 in the Mattaponi village of Werowocomoco. Her father was Wahunsenaca, Chief of the Powhatan Confederacy (Mom never made the history books). Her nickname was Pocahontas, Tomboy.

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Pocahontas Descendants

Patawomek Tribe AKA Potomac—Swan River is a state-recognized tribe located in White Oak, Virginia with 2,300 members. Pocahontas’s Indian husband, Kocoum, was Patawomek. (some think Pocahontas’s mother was from this tribe)

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Pocahontas’s Folk

Mattaponi—People of the River (Mattaponi River) Today, there are two bands of Mattaponi. The Mattaponi Tribe has a reservation near West Point, Virginia and has state recognition. The Upper Mattaponi Tribe has a reservation near Adamstown, Virginia and has federal recognition. The 2 tribes have a combined membership of about 1,200.

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Heroic Lady

Sacrificed life—the real story of Pocahontas, not the Disney version, but the Mattaponi version. She married Kocoum, they had a daughter, Ka-Okee. The English wanted her to hold for ransom because her father was chief of the Powhatan. They kidnapped her and killed her husband. To avoid war, she agreed to go to England and marry John Rolfe. Tiring of English life, she boarded a boat to return home. She was poisoned and died young.

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Happy late birthday

Pocahontas: Born September 17, 1596 as Matoaka, Flower-Between-Rivers, Mattaponi village of Werowocomoco. (nicknamed Pocahontas).  I am on her descendancy list, so she would be my great-great grandmother, but I have not verified this yet.


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These 2 paintings may both be her. Are they the same person? Pocahontas did receive a string of pearls from her father for a wedding gift. I am familiar with the painting with her son, Thomas Rolfe—it is controversial. The second painting is from a Pocahontas Heritage website. The last painting is her, but the painter tried to make her look English. (I am said to be her descendant, so I would like to know about the paintings)

baskonee ‘thank you’

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Wearing jewelry, feathers in her hair, and a doeskin dress, Pocahontas (Her Mattaponi nickname meaning Tomboy) attends her huskanasquaw, coming of age ceremony. She receives her adult name, Amonute (Butterfly). With her at the head, they parade to the powwow grounds.

She attends her pauwaus—celebrating her ceremony. At a courtship dance, young eligible men stomp dance around a fire. The drumbeat quickens—they dance into the crowd and choose an eligible young woman. Kocoum, Little Chief, chooses Pocahontas—they dance together.

Months later, they wed and have a daughter, Ka-okee, Little-Goose. But that is another story.


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Pocahontas was a nickname meaning, playful one. Could her playmates have been Pukwudgie? They are elf-like creatures, sometimes tiny, sometimes child-size. They still dwell in the eastern woods. If you meet a Pukwudgie, you best step aside. Though they can be playful, they tend to be ill-tempered.

[Editor’s note: Mr. Suddeth has been downing coffee all morning]


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