Pocahontas & The Virginia Indians Online Course
Class #2- Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth
Student of the course video, discussing why Pocahontas is important to them- Deborah Seraydarian Soderholm and Kaiah Seraydarian from Williamsburg, Virginia
Shout out video from a place named for or connected to Pocahontas- Rev. Jim Fletcher, Rector of St. George’s Church, from Gravesend, England
Formal Class Content
The story of Pocahontas has been passed down through the centuries. Her relationship with John Smith has been characterized as a romance that united two cultures and created lasting peace. However, the life of this American Indian princess was anything but a fairytale. Join us as we look beyond the fiction and reveal the real story of Pocahontas, a tale of kidnapping, conflict, starvation, ocean journeys, and the future of an entire civilization.
Smithsonian Video- Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth (2019 – 52 minutes)
Class #2 Thoughtwork (to be done after reviewing all class content)
• One of the most fabled stories of all time is the story of Pocahontas saving John Smith’s life. Students are asked to consider what new information they gained from the Smithsonian video about this event. Were you presented with possibilities that you had not considered before? How do those new possibilities change your thoughts on what might have really happened?
• The John Smith “rescue” by Pocahontas would have happened in 1607, but Smith did not begin telling the story until 1624, seven years after Pocahontas died. Students are asked to consider the possible reasons behind Smith’s wait to tell such an amazing tale and if those possibilities change their view of what really happened.
• Pocahontas was on her way back to Virginia when she died and was buried at St. George’s Church in Gravesend. Students are asked to consider the power gained by the legend of Pocahontas because she is buried in England as Rebecca Rolfe.
• Students are encouraged to record thoughts and inspirations gained from the Smithsonian video to be considered in the creation of their Pocahontas Legacy Offering.