Frank G. Speck's Photographs, 1914-1942

Mrs. Theodora Dennis Cook

Captola Cook's mother, Theodora Octavius Dennis Cook (1864–1927), gave birth to ten children, seven of whom survived to adulthood: Major Thomas (or Thomas Major) Cook, Ottigney Pontiac Cook, Captola Cook, George L. Cook, Tecumseh Deerfoot I. Cook, Theodora L. Cook, and Pocahontas T. Cook. Her husband, George Major Cook, became chief of the Pamunkey in 1902.

In this photograph, Mrs. Cook wears a woven-feather cape. Pamunkey women have practiced feather-weaving and pottery-making for hundreds of years, and these skills continue among a few tribal artisans today.

 

Mrs. Theodora Dennis Cook

Mrs. Theodora Dennis Cook by Frank G. Speck (ca. 1900)