Her name was Matoaka, aka Pocahontas

Oct 4, 2017 | | 2 comments

Her name was Matoaka, but her nickname was Pocahontas. Her father Powhatan captured and, then, adopted John Smith as part of a peace alliance. She was an eleven year old child, daughter of a tribal Chief, when she met John Smith, who was twenty-seven. Pocahontas and John did not have a romantic relationship, as John Smith claimed many long years after her death, but she did teach him her native language and helped the English to survive. At sixteen, she was kidnapped by the English and held prisoner when relations with Tsenacommacah tribal nations became strained. She was “Christianized”, given the name “Rebecca” and, with her father’s blessing as a peace offering, was married to John Rolfe. The English brought her to England to encourage investment in the colonizing of North America, parading her as an English speaking Christianized peaceful “Indian”, a propped example of the good relations between colonizers and the indigenous people. She was many things, but her name was Matoaka.

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Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth
The story of Pocahontas has been passed down through the centuries. Her relationship with John Smith has been characterized as a romance that united two cultures and created lasting peace. However, the life of this American Indian princess was anything but a fairytale. Join us as we look beyond the fiction and reveal the real story of Pocahontas, a tale of kidnapping, conflict, starvation, ocean journeys, and the future of an entire civilization.

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  1. There is daytime and there is nighttime. There is new moon and there is full moon. We human primates make our lives way too difficult and stressful. Why?

    On this full moon, maybe we should be thinking about #MASA (Making America Safe Again), for it stands to reason that this will help to #maga. This and some #truthandreconciliation in the United States!

  2. Columbus Day? In truth, Columbus believed his whole entire life in the biblical account of there being only one continent on earth and that the world is much smaller than it actually is. So, did every one else who preceded him by boat. As far as Columbus was concerned, he had discovered the other side of East Indies. In truth, it was Amerigo Vespucci who discovered America, hence the name given to this second continent, because he realized Columbus’s error in thinking. But, in historical truth, it was the First Peoples to America, now know as Native Americans, who actually discovered this continent by temporary land passage nearly 15,000 years ago. Until Amerigo Vespucci figured it out, neither continents knew of the existence of the other, and only afterwards would maps and religions be updated to encompass a greater multi-faceted world.

    #AmerigoVespucci #ColumbusDay #NativeAmericans #ClovisPeoples
    #alllivesmatter only when actual American history is taught and #truthandreconciliation has been established in the United States of America. It’s the only way to #maga, as if it wasn’t already greater than it’s ever been!
    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020! enough? Oh, America, Sodom and Gomorrah fell for such inhospitable behavior.

    The Real Story: Who Discovered America
    They walked across the Bering land bridge that back in the day connected what is now the U.S. state of Alaska and Siberia. Fifteen-thousand years ago, ocean levels were much lower and the land between the continents was hundreds of kilometers wide.
    Up until the 1970s, these first Americans had a name: the Clovis peoples. They get their name from an ancient settlement discovered near Clovis, New Mexico, dated to over 11,000 years ago. And DNA suggests they are the direct ancestors of nearly 80 percent of all indigenous people in the Americas.

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