A fire ceremony

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Title

A fire ceremony

Description

Indian men and women, dressed and undressed, participate in a fire ceremony in this watercolor by John White, the English artist who in 1585 accompanied a failed colonizing expedition to Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina. Five people in the group hold rattles likely made out of hollowed-out gourds or small pumpkins and filled with pebbles or fruit stones.

Thomas Hariot, who accompanied White and the colonists, recorded witnessing such a ceremony at the palisaded town of Pomeiooc in July 1585.

Creator

John White

Source

The British Museum

Date

ca. 1585

Format

Watercolor

Coverage

sixteenth century
Virginia
North Carolina

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Watercolor on graphite

Physical Dimensions

8.625" x 8"

Files

1906,0509.1.11.jpg

Citation

John White, “A fire ceremony,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed May 20, 2022, https://www.virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/164.

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