Vincent Schilling
During the Pocahontas Wedding ceremony, hundreds watched as a colonialized Native woman, Rebecca (Pocahontas), was married to John Rolfe in Historic Jamestowne.

400 Years Later—Pocahontas and John Rolfe Wed Again

Vincent Schilling

“This is a team effort and we have welcomed from the very beginning the efforts to bring Jamestowne to life through the contributions of our good friends from the Pamunkey and Patawomeck and also from other Indian people,” Horn said. “It was so important to us to have their involvement because we wanted to be inclusive in the story Indian people played.

“This was an effort to remind people of the early history of Jamestowne… and what ensues from that. Pocahontas and her husband John Rolfe symbolize the meeting of these different peoples in early America, which is one of the most diverse places on earth and brings together European, Indian people and ultimately African people. We need to be more aware that our very origins were rooted in this diversity.”

As part of the wedding reenactment, three Native actors portrayed family members of Pocahontas that were very likely at the wedding in 1614. Pocahontas herself was the main character, though the only words she uttered for the wedding were “I will” in accepting the marriage to John Rolfe.

“It is a commemorative event so we are trying to borrow a bit from the historical record and we are also trying to be considerate of balancing a story that has been predominately a white narrative for a long time,” commented Dr. Buck Woodard, director of the American Indian Initiative. “We are trying to bring Pocahontas and the Native people of this landscape back into the storyline.

“I think a lot of folks who have studied this history that saw the event today would be struck by how much of the Algonquin aspect they don’t know.”

In addition to the formal Christian wedding that took place, there was also a Native blessing in which the newlyweds’ hands were joined and wrapped with beads. (Vincent Schilling)


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Submitted by fslafountaine on
How old is Pocahontas at the the time of her marriage to John Rofle? She was twelve years old when she was victimized by John Smith. Hopefully once the Virginia tribes are federally recognized, they will reject attempts to whitewash the events surrounding Pocahontas.

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Submitted by sweetgrass777 on
This is the biggest lie ever told! This event should have been protested. It was the beginning of the end for our people.