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I have a question. Most everyone has heard of the traditional/Disney-inspired Pocahontas, rescuer of Captain John Smith and so on.

The Mattaponi tribe has another version of her life: Her birth name was Matoaka,“flower between two streams.” She usually went by Amonute, meaning unknown. Pocahontas was a nickname meaning “playful one.” She married Kocoum and had a baby girl. The story turns ugly: Kocoum murdered, Pocahontas kidnapped & taken to England for ransom. In England, she was poisoned.

Can I write a children’s story out of the Mattaponi version?

http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/pocahontas

https://www.nps.gov/jame/learn/historyculture/pocahontas-her-life-and-legend.htm

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