We started by viewing a docudrama film, 1607: A Nation Takes Root, that chronicled Jamestown's origins in England, the colonists' struggle to survive and thrive in Virginia, their interaction with the Powhatan Indians, and the arrival in 1619 of the first Africans, from the kingdom of Ndongo in Angola.
Next, a tour guide dressed as a Powhatan Indian showed us a re-created Powhatan Indian village.
|T and our tour guide|
|close-up of outside|
|inside - view of side|
|inside - view of end|
We learned how the Powhatan people farmed, hunted, fished, and gathered to obtain materials needed for housing, clothing, and food.
|T, mounding dirt around the|
roots of the stalks
|T, using a hoe|
Grinding corn and making cordage are activities Pocahontas would have helped with as a child.
We learned how the Powhatan Indians made arrows for hunting...
and hooks for fishing...
and needles for sewing....
It is uncertain what these were for....