Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Powhatan....

Here we are at the middle of the week already.  I hope you are having a good one!

Continuing to share about our recent trip, today's post is about the Powhatan village we viewed in Jamestown.

One of several dwellings.

The Powhatan were not nomadic, so their homes were not portable as a tepee would be.  These were planned to be permanently located. 

The following pictures show other views of the village.

These pictures show the interiors of other dwellings.  These skins were on the frames that served as beds.  Handmade baskets are visible in the top picture.

A frame holding a skin.

One of many fire circles.

A weaving underway.

These three pictures show other views in the village.

The Powhatan used cypress trees for forming their canoes for the river.  There were, of course, no tools developed that would help them hollow out the logs, so they burned out the space they needed.  The fire would be extinguished and shells would be used to scrape away the ashes.  This process continued until the trench in the log was the depth needed.  The area that wasn't to be burned was covered with mud/clay to keep the fire contained where desired. 

I can't imagine how many hours were needed to reach this stage in creating a canoe!

The Munchkins were on spring break, but there were other schools that were not, and we encountered many of them on a field trip to Jamestown! 

The Powhatan were already on this land in 1607 when Jamestown was settled by the English.  The next post will show how the English arrived.  I hope you will follow along.

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. Very interesting to see all these photos, and I'm sure the Munchkins enjoyed learning a bit of history in person. Have a great day, Sister!

  2. Wonderful photos Nellie. I would love to visit there. It looks so interesting.

  3. Makes me feel guilty that I complain about how difficult my life is.

  4. Nellie, The shape of the Indian houses, make me think of those silver "Air Stream " campers.:):) I think it's interesting to learn about the American Indian. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  5. I was wondering what they made their house from, is it woven bark? What were the animal skin stretched on the frame, it has a white tail,what a great place to visit,

  6. Hi Nellie , I waited until my kids was out of school to share this post with them . We loved it and now they are asking their daddy can they go on vacation . The pictures are just gorgeous with a lot of detail .
    not only the Munchkins enjoyed the trip the grownups did also . Thanks so much for sharing :)

  7. A sure different life style than what we're used to.

  8. This is QUITE a post, Nellie. Those are phenomenal pictures and how educational everything is. I loved all this, Nellie! xo Diana

  9. Wonderful experience. On seeing this i taught of the older years. How difficult it was for the people to live. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thank you for sharing these very interesting photos Nellie. I would like to learn more about the culture of the American Indian. It has always fascinated me. In some ways similar to our own native Aboriginal people in Australia, especially the method of making a canoe. The trees used here were eucalytps.

  11. This is awesome Nellie. I love places like this.

  12. Amazing places to live in - pretty cool.
    I've been to Jamestown a few times but many many years ago. We lived in Norfolk.