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Jamestown Settlement to Present ‘Pocahontas Imagined’ Public Lecture Series This Fall

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 30, 2017 – Jamestown Settlement will present a “Pocahontas Imagined” public lecture series at on September 5, September 13 and October 3. The free public lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater.

The ongoing “Pocahontas Imagined” special exhibition, on display through January 28, 2018, explores the Powhatan Indian woman’s legacy 400 years after her death and her impression on popular culture and art.

Three evening talks will examine Pocahontas’s legend and myth, the portrayal of American Indians in film and contemporary American Indian women photographers. The special exhibition and special exhibition gift shop will be open prior to the 7 p.m. lectures.

Player’s Cigarette Card, “Pocahontas” from the “Famous Beauties,” Imperial Tobacco Group, 1937, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection.

September 5: “Pocahontas in Image and Myth” – Karen Sherry, art historian at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and former curator of American Art for the Portland Museum of Art in Maine and associate curator of art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, will examine representations of Pocahontas in the context of various narratives about her life and period attitudes about Native Americans.

September 13: “Reel Indian: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Film” – Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Statewide Manager at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will explore the portrayal of Native Americans in film by following the developmental progress between silent films, Hollywood’s rise, international depiction and finally Native American directed films.

October 3: “Corrective Lens: Native Women Photographers and the Debunking of the ‘Vanishing Race’ Myth” – Johanna Minich, adjunct curator of Native American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will focus on the work of women photographers, how they have utilized the medium, how they have chosen their subject matter, and how their work invigorates the discussion of what it means to be indigenous in the 21st century.

Admission to the evening public lecture series is free. Advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.

Jamestown Settlement is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round. The special exhibition, supported in part by a grant from James City County, is included with museum admission of $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Parking is free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.

Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit https://jyfmuseums.org/jamestown-settlement/pocahontas-imagined/.