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Indians in 17th Century VA

Indians in 17th Century VA

This work offers a comprehensive summary, prior to the Indians' disappearance, of all manner of life and culture of the Algonquians and other tribes known to have inhabited 17th-century Virginia, namely the Iroquois and Sioux. When John Smith arrived in Virginia in 1607, chief Powhatan had brought under his control more than 30 Algonquian tribes. Professor Ben McCary begins with a description of the principal tribes within the Powhatan confederation, such as the Nansemond, Pamunkey, Pissaseck, and so on.

The author's primary focus is the social organization of the indigenous population, and the topics covered are legion: village structure, housing, foods, hunting and fishing methods, tobacco cultivation and usage, ornamentation and decoration, tools, pottery and furniture, implements and weapons, methods of warfare, music and games, marriage and burial customs, crime and punishment, religious beliefs, seasons and festivals, and more. This is the best brief introduction to the Indians of 17th-century Virginia available.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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