Inspired by the events and positive energy surrounding the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ funeral in Gravesend, England on March 21, 1617, the Pocahontas Project is now a collaborative effort between the County of Gloucester Virginia, the Gloucester Historical Society, Gloucester County Public Schools, the Rappahannock Indian Tribe, Henricus Historical Park and Replenish Richmond. Employing a set of programs, conversations, events, artistic interpretations, intellectual investigations and cultural intersections, the Project intends to inspire folks in Virginia, England and around the world through the life, legend and legacy of the woman most famously known as Pocahontas. While not shying away from the painful aspects and repercussions of her life and the ultimate English settlement of America, the Project intends to establish Pocahontas globally as an iconic spiritual symbol of Hope and Purpose. The Project also intends to present and promote the history and culture of Virginia’s Indian Tribes, with special attention to the eight Virginia Tribes that were aligned or allied with paramount Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas.
The Pocahontas Project produced a variety of educational and community development activities in 2019 and is expanding its offerings in 2020, starting in June 2020 with a new on-line education course called Pocahontas and the Virginia Indians. Produced and facilitated in collaboration with the County of Gloucester and Gloucester County Public Schools, this Course is set to reach students of all ages in Virginia, England and around the world. Also in June the Project will present the Pocahontas Women’s Leadership Conference at Henricus Historical Park, rescheduled from March due to the pandemic shutdown. The Pocahontas Leadership Collaborative is developing this summer at Gloucester High School and this fall the Pocahontas Celebration will be held in Gloucester on November 7- 8 (activities will also be held in conjunction with First Friday on November 6th).
Werowocomoco was Powhatan’s tribal headquarters and according to legend where Pocahontas saved John Smith’s life. Click here for more information and to view a video about Werowocomoco, "A Powhatan Place of Power" from the National Park Service.
See the new developments at Machicomoco, a Future Virginia State Park, due to open in 2020 will include interpretative information on Virginia Indians who lived along the rivers.
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An outstanding symposium co-hosted by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and American Evolution, the organization coordinating commemoration 400th anniversary of events that took place in 1619 was held in November 2018. The program, “Pocahontas: Her Life, Legend and Legacy,” was recorded on CSPAN and includes exceptional panel discussions on the life of Pocahontas, Pocahontas and Christianity and Pocahontas as a Cross Cultural Ambassador. View each session here: Session 1, Session 2, and Session 3.
Don't forget to check out the Gloucester County Visitor Center's Werowocomoco Exhibit. This exhibit opened as a temporary exhibit in April of 2017 and will be formally re-opened in the coming months with additional amenities and artifacts.