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Letter: Pocahontas article glosses over true story

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

You had a half-page article about the special exhibit at Jamestown, Pocahontas Imagined. Shouldn’t the word “Imagined” give us a clue that this exhibit is questionable? To quote Nancy Egloff, “I think she was curious” and “I think she was malleable.” “No evidence exists in the English writings that she resisted” her marriage or her conversion to all things English. The article glosses over the fact that she was kidnapped (by Capt. Samuel Argall, who claimed he had traded a copper pot for her).

Dr. Linwood “Little Bear” Custalow, Mattaponi Tribal Historian, writes in his book “The True Story of Pocahontas, The Other Side of History” that Pocahontas’ mother died while giving birth to her and that her father, Chief Powhatan favored her because of this. Why would a loving father sell his favorite daughter to the invading Englishmen? As his favored daughter, she was protected by th...

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