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These shell beads were found at an Early Historic period site in Montgomery County in Southwestern Virginia. They are made from the Marginella genus of marine molluscs. Shell beads were valuable in Virginia Indian exchange systems long before the…

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A nineteenth-century child's jigsaw puzzle creates an image of the marriage of Virginia Indian Pocahontas and English colonist John Rolfe, an event officiated by Anglican minister Richard Bucke in Jamestown in 1614. The twenty-piece puzzle made of…

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A wife of an Indianweroance, or chief, carries a gourd while her eight-to-ten-year-old daughter waves a European rattle and holds a well-dressed doll in this colored engraving by Theodor de Bry based on a watercolor painting by John White. Adding…

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An Indian woman covering her breasts with her arms is depicted from the front and back in this colored engraving by Gysbrecht van Veenbased on a watercolor painting by John White. Adding some detail to White's eyewitness sketch, van Veen attempts to…

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The wife of an Indian weroance, or chief, raises her arms to cover her breasts and crosses her legs in this watercolor painting by John White. Her posture, according to Thomas Hariot, was a "token of maydenlike modestye."Unlike other Indian women…

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An Indian priest, or kwiocosukposes in this watercolorbyJohn White, the English artist who in 1585 accompanied a failed colonizing expedition toRoanoke Islandin present-day North Carolina. The hairstyle and rabbit-skin cloak were distinctive in…

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The Roanoke Indian town ofPomeioocis depicted in this colored engraving by Theodor de Bry based on a watercolor painting by John White. Adding considerable detail to White's eyewitness sketch, de Bry shows village life as it was lived by the…

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The Roanoke Indian town of Secotan is portrayed in this colored engraving by Theodor de Bry based on a watercolor painting by John White. Adding considerable detail to White's eyewitness sketch, de Bry shows village life as it was lived by the…

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An Indian woman and man pose under a banner that reads, "Ples de Virginie." The first word may be an abbreviation for "peuples" or (peoples), or, less likely, for "perles" (pearls), in reference to the figures' necklaces. Although the engraving…
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