Pamunkey Woman to Portray Pocahontas in Re-enactment

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 23rd, 2014 Last Updated on: March 23rd, 2014

It's been 400 years since Pocahontas wed John Rolfe, and folks at the Historic Jamestowne will be holding an re-enactment of the wedding. Steve Vaughan with the Virgina Gazette reports that Wendy Taylor, a member of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe who says she's a descendant of Powhatan, will portray the famous leader's daughter, Pocahontas, in the re-enactment.

“I live on the Pamunkey Reservation. We have good relations with Jamestown,” Taylor said in a telephone interview Friday. “They asked me if I wanted to do it, and I said I would be happy to.”

Taylor, a 25-year-old mother of two, said there have been no rehearsals for the wedding yet.

Photo via Virginia Gazette

Photo via Virginia Gazette

She said she didn't think she had any lines in the wedding, although she thought she had a short speech at the celebration supper the previous evening. She's previously done re-enactments at Jamestown.

Whether in 1614 or 2014, weddings are family affairs. So it's fitting that Taylor's brother, Warren Taylor, will portray Aquinton, the brother of Pocahontas. Another of Pocahontas' brothers, Keyghaughton, was also at the ceremony. The brothers were emissaries of Powhatan.

According to her mother, Kim Taylor, Wendy is the great-granddaughter of the late Chief Tecumseh Deerfoot Cook of the Pamunkey Tribe and Reservation in King William County.

“I feel it's important to let you know we are very proud of Wendy doing this re-enactment being that she's extremely busy with work and life,” Kim Taylor said. “She was honored when asked if she would do this for Historic Jamestowne. She did it for the Pamunkey Tribe and for her family.”

The wedding is part of four days of special programming that begins April 3.

You can read more about the event on Tidewater Review.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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rebecca nsas-nsas

bon 400eme anniversaire moi je suis une homonymie je suis noire du cameroun c’est un plaisir ouvre moi les portes du mariage avec un blanc riche et beau de 50 ans je t’aime rebecca as rebecca nsas as pocahontas

Shawn Sweat

IDK what happen… Why would Pocahontas marry a white man John Rolfe do not make sense.. She was married to another Indian and Kocoum pissed off..

Kim Taylor

History is full of lies. What are we to believe? Look at the people who wrote it. Who were the savages? At least history is being rewritten now with as much truth as possible.

Alexander Addams

Did you read history? She was held captive and release upon terms of marriage @17. There’s more to the poor girls tale then just the john smith fairy tale.

Kim Taylor

Did you read the article? Wendy will be in the re-enactment of the marriage of Pocahantas. Pocahantas did not marry John Smith whom she first met when she was around 12 years old. She married John Rolfe a few years later as a young adult.

Kim Taylor

Pocahantas did not marry John Smith whom she first met when she was around 12 years old. She married John Rolfe a few years later as a young adult.

Alexander Addams

Odd, she doesn’t look like a 12 year who was used by a liar who claimed her to be a savior that she denied, nor does she look like a 17 kidnap victim with stockholm syndrome forced into marriage and sexual assault in exchange for her freedom that soon dies of disease while her family is massacred. Odd decision of stories to reenact “for the children”.

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