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Pocahontas: Her Life and Legend

May 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Speaker: William Rasmussen, Lead Curator and Lora M. Robins Curator, Virginia Historical Society

She was born into a culture that had some knowledge of Europeans, and after their settling on the outskirts of the territory controlled by her father, she was apparently drawn to these peculiar strangers. A number of the chroniclers of the Jamestown founding mention Pocahontas by name and note her interactions with the English settlers. What we know of Pocahontas has been lifted from the narratives of those English males, all of whom brought their particular fantasies and prejudices to bear on their representations of the New World and its people. This talk will review the historical evidence about Pocahontas and compare it to the mythology created by artists and writers long after her death. It will attempt to answer the question, why has Pocahontas been so revered for four centuries?

$10 admission. Free to Members. Purchase your tickets in advance through the Wilton website. For questions please contact Wilton House Museum at (804)282-5936 or wiltonprograms@comcast.net.

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May 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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