Pocahontas

Pocahontas

Joseph Bruchac

Language: English

Pages: 173

ISBN: 0152054650

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In 1607, when John Smith and his "Coatmen" arrive in Powhatan to begin settling the colony of Virginia, their relations with the village's inhabitants are anything but warm. Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the Powhatan chief, Mamanatowic, is just eleven; but in spite of her age, this astute young girl acts with wisdom and compassion, and plays a fateful, peaceful role in the destinies of two peoples.
Drawing from the personal journals of John Smith, Joseph Bruchac, winner of the American Book Award for Breaking Silence, reveals an important part of history through the eyes of two historic figures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

began to run, and the four warriors followed. Great Bear ran upriver to the place where the land rises and becomes rocky. The four warriors stayed close behind. Great Bear reached the mountains and began to climb, hoping to lose the hunters. But they continued on. The day ended, but they ran on by the light of the moon. They climbed higher, where flakes of snow sparkled on the dark mountain. At last, Great Bear began to tire. The hunters came close enough to throw their spears and killed him.

that the long hair on the left side of his head was bound into a knot with the horn of a deer thrust through it. “This is the proper way for a man,” Okeus said to them. “This is the way it should be for all men from this time on.” TAQUITOCK TIME OF HARVEST MID-SEPTEMBER 1607 MY UNCLE OPECHANCANOUGH has begun to wonder if any of the Tassantassuk are real men. “Hunh!” he said. “It is not only that they wear their hair as women do. They also do the work of women.” “Badly,” Amocis replied with

uncle rubbed his chin with his hand. “That is true. He also spoke some of our words, as a man should. But now he is gone, taking with him the two great quintansuk with swan wings. Maybe he left because he was so disgusted with what cowards the rest of them are. Amocis, nettoppew, have you seen any of them who behave as if they are real men?” Amocis held up his little finger. “Necut,” he said. “There is at least one. The little angry one with the red hair on his face.” My uncle rubbed his chin

better understanding of the Indians than most, it seems clear he never really saw things through Indian eyes. During the remaining twenty-one months of Smith’s stay in Virginia, relations between Jamestown and the Powhatan nations were sometimes good and sometimes at the brink of war. Through it all Pocahontas appears to have remained an influential voice for peace. Ironically, Smith’s fellow colonists were as much a danger to him as the Indians were. On his return to Jamestown, after being

better understanding of the Indians than most, it seems clear he never really saw things through Indian eyes. During the remaining twenty-one months of Smith’s stay in Virginia, relations between Jamestown and the Powhatan nations were sometimes good and sometimes at the brink of war. Through it all Pocahontas appears to have remained an influential voice for peace. Ironically, Smith’s fellow colonists were as much a danger to him as the Indians were. On his return to Jamestown, after being

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