Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma

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Camilla Townsend's stunning new book, Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma , differs from all previous biographies of Pocahontas in capturing how similar seventeenth century Native Americans were--in the way they saw, understood, and struggled to control their world---not only to the invading British but to ourselves.

Neither na#65533;ve nor innocent, Indians like Pocahontas and her father, the powerful king Powhatan, confronted the vast might of the English with sophistication, diplomacy, and violence. Indeed, Pocahontas's life is a testament to the subtle intelligence that Native Americans, always aware of their material disadvantages, brought against the military power of the colonizing English. Resistance, espionage, collaboration, deception: Pocahontas's life is here shown as a road map to Native Americanstrategies of defiance exercised in the face of overwhelming odds and in the hope for a semblance of independence worth the name.

Townsend's Pocahontas emerges--as a young child on the banks of the Chesapeake, an influential noblewoman visiting a struggling Jamestown, an English gentlewoman in London--for the first time in three-dimensions; allowing us to see and sympathize with her people as never before.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2005, c2004.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780809077380
0809077388
Characteristics: xi, 223 p. :,ill., map. --

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