living in a time when what most people know about Indians is incomplete
or entirely false. Even well known events in Native American
history like the story of Pocahontas are largely misunderstood.
The National Museum of the American Indian exists to fill in
these gaps, stand up to longstanding stereotypes, and showcase the
contributions Native cultures have made to American history and
Pocahontas was a real person, but her story has largely become
fiction. And while she played an important role in our shared American
story, the tales of her involvement with English settlers have long
been shaped to serve more political purposes.
2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of a young Powhatan
woman whoin the words of NMAI curator Cécile R. Ganteaumelived
and died in the maelstrom of the BritishPowhatan encounter
in the early 17th century.
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Kevin Gover (Pawnee)