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Powhatan Indian Village

Explore the Powhatan way of life

Powhatan Indian village at Jamestown Settlement

Explore the Powhatan way of life in a re-created village featuring reed-covered houses, crops and a ceremonial circle of carved wooden posts. Learn about the world of Pocahontas, daughter of Powhatan, powerful leader of 30-some Algonquian-speaking tribes in coastal Virginia.

The re-created Powhatan Indian village is based on archaeological findings at a site once inhabited by Paspahegh Indians, the Powhatan tribal group closest to Jamestown, and descriptions recorded by English colonists.

Historical interpreters discuss and demonstrate how the Powhatan culture grew and prepared food, processed animal hides, made tools and pottery, and wove natural fibers into cordage. Visitors can try their hands at grinding corn, gardening or playing a game of corncob darts.

Visitors to the Powhatan Indian village can learn about the 17th-century process of making a log canoe and use oyster shells to scrape and hollow out the vessel. A related Jamestown Settlement special exhibition “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” is on display through September 8, 2015.