Port Hampton Culture Series
The Kecoughtan and the Expansion of the Pamunkey Chiefdom
Monday, November 7, 7-8 pm
Museum members free, non-members $5
Join historian Buck Woodard, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, American University, Washington, D.C., as he shares his deep knowledge of the complex history and culture of Native American Nations in Virginia and specifically on the Peninsula.
Prior to English colonization of the Virginia tidewater, the Algonquian-speaking peoples of the Chesapeake region experienced social upheaval and political reorganization. Early historical sources from the Ajacan, Roanoke, and Jamestown colonies indicate that an elite Pamunkey lineage headed by Wahunsenacah, also known as Chief Powhatan, strategically utilized kinship, marriage alliance, and warfare to dominate Chesapeake social politics.
Through the lens of historical anthropology, this evening talk provides a reassessment of the documentary record and a discussion about the rise of Wahunsenacah during the late sixteenth-century. Special attention will be given to the Kecoughtan and the implications for the expansion of the Pamunkey Chiefdom into the Peninsula.
Buck Woodard is a cultural anthropologist specializing in historical and applied research, with interests in ethnographic and ethnohistorical writing, and ethnological study of indigenous North America. His research areas include cosmology and ritual life, heritage tourism, kinship, material culture and political economy. Currently, Dr. Woodard is continuing fieldwork among Algonquians and Iroquoians in Oklahoma, New York, and Virginia.
The talk will be recorded and found on the museum's Facebook page, it will later be uploaded onto our YouTube Playlist, and website, www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org.
The Hampton History Museum is locate at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information call 757-727-1102.
The image was taken by Buck Woodard on the set of the SKY 1 TV show “Jamestown” in 2018.