Monthly Archives: March 2018

Blackwater Swamp

I WAS ABLE to get a hold of Pocahontas’s People, Helen Rountree’s 1990 book on the Powhatan Indians of Virginia. This is a highly influential book, because in it she creates the narrative of the “Christianized Nansemond” (in reality, the … Continue reading

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Whither the Pretendians?

  THIS TOPIC is in the air, so I might as well address it. It so happens that a great many people in the US claim to be descended from indigenous people, and some maintain this as their primary identity … Continue reading

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Algonquian Families

WHEN I WAS DOING my own family’s genealogy, I started to look into what researchers call ‘collateral lines,’ other branches of the family, to see into what families the siblings and cousins of my ancestors married. I was surprised to … Continue reading

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‘Where It Divides in Two’

COLONIAL RECORDS are packed with references to different Native American groups, often named according to their place of residence. Modern-day narratives take these fragments and construct trajectories for people based on land deeds, surnames, and tenuous links afforded in old … Continue reading

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