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Pocahontas : medicine woman, spy, entrepreneur, diplomat, Paula Gunn Allen

Label
Pocahontas : medicine woman, spy, entrepreneur, diplomat
Title
Pocahontas
Title remainder
medicine woman, spy, entrepreneur, diplomat
Statement of responsibility
Paula Gunn Allen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In striking contrast to conventional accounts, Pocahontas is a bold and daring biography that attempts to tell the extraordinary story of the beloved Indian maiden from the Native American perspective. Drawing from sources often overlooked by Western historians, Dr. Paula Gunn Allen offers remarkable new insights into the adventurous life and sacred role of this foremost American heroine. We have all heard about the love-struck Pocahontas saving the dashing Captain John Smith from execution by the Chief of the Powhatans, but what if the whole event was a staged ritual of his death as a foreigner and his rebirth as an adopted member of the Powhatan Nation? Settlers at Jamestown report a young, cartwheeling Pocahontas frequently at their fort, but could the innocent-looking visitor actually have been a spy -- reporting back to her elders what she saw there? Was Pocahontas willingly kidnapped by the British settlers in exchange for corn and other ransom from her tribe, or was this a part of her more elaborate plan? We have been taught that this amazing woman was later baptized a Christian and married in the church at Jamestown, yet she helped her husband, John Rolfe, grow and export tobacco -- a powerful, indigenous herb to which the Native Americans attributed shamanic powers. Finally, the "Indian Princess," now known as Lady Rebecca Rolfe, traveled to England for an audience with King James I and Queen Anne. Was this a publicity stunt orchestrated by the English backers of the Virginia colony, or was Pocahontas fulfilling her role as a "Beloved Woman," an honor designated to a female of great spiritual power who was to be trained from birth in the diplomatic and political ways of her tribe? Pocahontas became an extraordinary ambassador, forming groundbreaking relations between the Indians, the American colonists, and the British. Dr. Gunn Allen convincingly argues that through all of this, Pocahontas fulfilled a crucial and essential role in the birth of a New World. This stunning portrait presents the fascinating, untold story of one of the most romantic and beloved figures in American history, and reveals why so many have revered Pocahontas as the female counterpart to George Washington, the true "Mother of Our Nation."
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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Allen, Paula Gunn
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E99.P85
LC item number
P57145 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pocahontas
  • Powhatan women
  • Powhatan women
  • Smith, John
  • Rolfe, John
  • Jamestown (Va.)
Label
Pocahontas : medicine woman, spy, entrepreneur, diplomat, Paula Gunn Allen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [337]-350) and index
Contents
Oo-maa'o/Introduction -- Apowa/Dream-vision -- Pocahontas/Mischief -- Manito Aki/Faerie -- Apook/The esteemed weed -- Topacoh/At the end of the day -- Appendix 1. John Rolfe's letter to Master Thomas Dale -- Appendix 2. John Smith's letter to Queen Anne -- Appendix 3. Don Diego de Molina's letter to King Philip of Spain, 1613
Control code
52455559
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed
Extent
xvi, 350 p.
Isbn
9780060536879
Lccn
2003056583
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
Pocahontas : medicine woman, spy, entrepreneur, diplomat, Paula Gunn Allen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [337]-350) and index
Contents
Oo-maa'o/Introduction -- Apowa/Dream-vision -- Pocahontas/Mischief -- Manito Aki/Faerie -- Apook/The esteemed weed -- Topacoh/At the end of the day -- Appendix 1. John Rolfe's letter to Master Thomas Dale -- Appendix 2. John Smith's letter to Queen Anne -- Appendix 3. Don Diego de Molina's letter to King Philip of Spain, 1613
Control code
52455559
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed
Extent
xvi, 350 p.
Isbn
9780060536879
Lccn
2003056583
Other physical details
ill., maps

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