Pocahontas & The Virginia Indians Online Course
Class #3- Pocahontas Revealed
Student of the course video, discussing why Pocahontas is important to them- Kevin Miller, the Professor of Pocahontas, from Yokohama, Japan
For Class #3, instead of a “shout out” video we offer a multi-media extravaganza named for and connected to Pocahontas in every way possible – Kevin Miller’s Pocahontas Lives! website = https://www.pocahontaslives.com/
Formal Class Content
For four centuries, Americans have adored her as a romantic fairy-tale heroine, but who was the real Pocahontas? As the nation’s birthplace marks its 400th birthday, NOVA celebrates with an illuminating new view of this legendary figure—and gives television audiences their first look inside the recently discovered sacred village of Werowocomoco ("Place of Chiefs") in present-day Virginia, where the longhouse in which Pocahontas first met the colonial leader John Smith in 1607 is being unearthed.
Historians, archeologists, and the descendants of Virginia’s colonial-era Indians are finally piecing together the intriguing true story behind her alluring myth. Did this young princess save the captured Smith from certain death at the hands of her chiefly father? Did she act on her own? Or was she part of a bigger plan to bind together two cultures in the middle of an epic clash? "Pocahontas Revealed" investigates these questions.
NOVA Video > Pocahontas Revealed (2007 / 56 minutes)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV0UtusX8r0
- Commentary and additional resources for NOVA Pocahontas Revealed > https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pocahontas/about.html
The Central Virginia connection to PBS, Virginia Public Media (VPM), formerly known as the Community Idea Stations, has a long-running docu-series called Virginia Currents that connects viewers with the communities, citizens, culture and curious aspects of life in Virginia. Last November at the Gloucester Pocahontas Festival host Amy Lacey interviewed Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Indian Tribe and Margaret Gunn, a descendant of Pocahontas who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.
VPM Virginia Currents interview with Chief Anne Richardson and Pocahontas Descendant Margaret Gunn (2019 / 4.5 minutes)- https://www.pbs.org/video/virginia-native-tribes-featured-pocahontas-festival-ukteaf/
Class #3 Thoughtwork (to be done after reviewing all class content)
• Having seen the objective overviews from the Smithsonian and NOVA, Students are asked to fully consider the historically accurate account of the life of Pocahontas. What historic details from the Smithsonian video that are important to your view of her life were confirmed in the NOVA video? What new details or possibilities were presented by the Pocahontas Revealed video? What questions or uncertainties from the Smithsonian video were amplified by the NOVA video?
• Chief Anne Richardson said, “We see ourselves in a cycle, we see ourselves as a part of the family of the earth.” Students are asked to consider how they view themselves in the “earth” context as presented by Chief Anne. What changes would and could occur if every human shared this worldview?
• In the first 3 classes Students have learned about the long search for the Powhatan place of power called Werowocomoco. From what you have learned, what archaeological evidence supports the presence of Wahunsenacawh and the Powhatan at the chosen location of Werowocomoco in Gloucester County?