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The Powhatan LandscapeAn Archaeological History of the Algonquian Chesapeake$
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Martin D. Gallivan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062860

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062860.001.0001

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Persistent Places in Colonial Tsenacomacoh

Persistent Places in Colonial Tsenacomacoh

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(p.179) Chapter 7 Persistent Places in Colonial Tsenacomacoh
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The Powhatan Landscape
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Martin D. Gallivan

Victor D. Thompson

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062860.003.0008

Chapter 7 addresses the enduring power of place in the Virginia Algonquian spatial imaginary. Resistance to colonists’ encroachment on traditional lands, burial grounds, and sacred spaces took the form of coordinated revolts in 1622 and 1644. These Powhatan uprisings resulted in English retaliation and further Native loss of life and land. And yet, archaeological evidence from this period indicates that Virginia Algonquians made pilgrimages to persistent places to bury ancestors, sacrifice animals, and inter objects, even after the residential population had departed. The continuation of such practices in colonial Tsenacomacoh contradicts a narrative of abandonment, acculturation, and disappearance.

Keywords:   pilgrimage, revolt, sacred space, persistent places, sacrifice, abandonment

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