North Kent Embroiderers Guild

Pocahontas Banner

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This is a photograph of the Pocahantas banner made by North Kent Embroiderers Guild to commemorate the 390th anniversary of the death of Pochantas.  
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Pocahontas was a Native American woman who was born about 1595, married an Englishman, John Rolfe and became a celebrity in London in the last year of her life. She was a daughter of Wahunsunacawh (also known as Chief or Emperor Powhatan), who ruled an area encompassing almost all of the tribes in the Tidewater region of Virginia (called Tenakomakah at the time). Her formal names were Matoaka (or Matoika) and Amonute; Pocahontas was a childhood nickname referring to her frolicsome nature (in the Powhatan language it meant "little wanton", according to William Strachey). After her baptism, she went by the name Rebecca, becoming Rebecca Rolfe on her marriage.

In March 1617, Rolfe and Pocahontas boarded a ship to return to Virginia. However, the ship had only gone as far as Gravesend on the River Thames when Pocahontas became ill from smallpox. She was taken ashore and died. According to Rolfe, she died saying "all must die, but tis enough that her child liveth." Her funeral took place on March 21, 1617 in the parish of St George's, Gravesend. The site of her grave is unknown, but her memory is recorded in Gravesend with a life-size bronze statue at St George's Church. Inside St George’s Church, there is a Pocahontas corner, in which you will find not only this hanging depicting various scenes from Pocahontas life, but a quilt and other embroidered pictures celebrating Pocahontas.

         
An Indian as Pocahontas was an Indian by birth
 
A dreanweaver = Indians made and sued Dreamweavers
 
Indians hunting on horseback
An Indian as Pocahontas was an Indian by birth
 
A Dreamweaver - Indians made and used Dreamweavers
 
Indians hunting on horseback
         
Pocahontas as an Indian and after she had married John Rolfe
 
Pocahontas depicted as John Rolfe's wife with her origins in the background
 
Pocahontas as an Indian and after she had married John Rolfe
 
Pocahontas depicted as John Rolfe's wife with her origins in the background
 
Queen Anne's Lace - a flower of Virginia and Pocahontas would have seen this flower
   
   
   
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Pocahontas

1595 - 1617