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'Werowocomoco: Seat of Power' Continues Through June 2011 at Jamestown Settlement


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — “Werowocomoco: Seat of Power,” a special exhibition that opened at Jamestown Settlement on May 1, 2010, continues through June 30, 2011. In conjunction with the exhibition, two Virginia Indian heritage lectures by leading scholars will be presented during its final month, on the evenings of June 4 and 18.

Developed in cooperation with the Werowocomoco site owners Robert F. and C. Lynn Ripley, the Virginia Indian Advisory Board and Werowocomoco Research Group, the exhibition also explores what Werowocomoco means to descendent Virginia Indian communities today.  The special exhibition is funded by a grant from James City County. 

More than 60 artifacts discovered at Werowocomoco – projectile points, stone tools, pottery sherds and 1600s English copper – are exhibited with archaeological objects from collections of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Historic Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park in Tazewell County, Va., and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Archaeological research in the past decade has revealed not only that the York River site was a uniquely important place during Powhatan’s time, but also that its role as a political, spiritual and social center predated the Powhatan chiefdom. Werowocomoco is the place where Captain John Smith was taken to meet with Powhatan after being captured by Powhatan Indians in 1607 and where he first met Powhatan’s daughter Pocahontas. 

The Werowocomoco archaeological site, located in Gloucester County about 20 miles from Jamestown, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register. The findings at Werowocomoco were featured in the May 2007 issue of National Geographic magazine and in a PBS/NOVA documentary “Pocahontas Revealed.”

The archaeological work at Werowocomoco has been incorporated in the Virginia Standards of Learning and has been adapted for a Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation education program available for groups with advance reservations.

Virginia Indian heritage lectures will be presented at Jamestown Settlement at 7 p.m. Saturdays, June 4 and 18.  Helen C. Rountree, noted scholar and author on Virginia Indians, will present “English Myth-Making and Indian Reality: Early English Stereotypes of the Virginia Indians” on June 4.  On June 18, Martin D. Gallivan, College of William and Mary associate professor of anthropology and guest curator of the Jamestown Settlement special exhibition, will present “Werowocomoco: Seat of Power.”

Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located southwest of Williamsburg on Route 31 at the Colonial Parkway next to Historic Jamestowne, site of the 1607 English settlement.  The special exhibition is included with Jamestown Settlement general admission of $15.50 for adults and $7.25 for ages 6 through 12.

Permanent museum exhibits include expansive exhibition galleries and outdoor re-creations of an early 17th-century Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 and a 1610-14 colonial fort.

For more information about the special exhibition and Jamestown Settlement, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit hif.ciniva.net/werowocomoco.htm.


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