Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown by Helen C. Rountree (review)

Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown by Helen C. Rountree (University of Virginia Press, 2006)

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Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown by Helen C. Rountree (review)

by Michael D. Green
Southern Cultures, Vol. 12, No. 2: The Tobacco Issue

University of Virginia Press, 2007

Helen Rountree knows more than anyone else about the Native Americans of eastern Virginia, and if anyone can write a history of the encounter between them and the English at Jamestown from their point of view, it is she. A recently retired member of the faculty of Old Dominion University at Norfolk, Virginia, Rountree has spent most of her life in Powhatan country, researching the history and publishing many books and articles, associating with the descendants of Powhatan people, and teaching the history of Powhatan’s chiefdom to thousands of students. What makes her special, though, is her talent as an ethnohistorian.