Powhatan Indian Village

Powhatan Indian Village (HMQXR)

Location: Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.434', W 76° 47.17'

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At the time of the English arrival in Virginia, the tribes of the Powhatan chiefdom were living in communities of varying sizes. Larger towns contained the residences of chiefs as well as specialized structures such as storehouses and a temple. This reconstructed village is based on part of an archaeologically excavated Paspahegh Indian site. The Paspahegh tribe had towns upriver from Jamestown on both sides of the mouth of the Chickahominy River.

Powhatan people obtained a wide variety of food and raw material from the land and waterways surrounding each town. Women and children worked the adjacent fields and gathered wild plants and roots. Men hunted and fished, but used time in the town to work on their tools, weapons and canoes. Production of clothing from deer and other hides and the making of mats to cover houses were activities as well.

Most households included a nuclear family of father, mother and their children. These people played games and held social and religious ceremonies, such as daily offerings to the gods and spirits, within the confines of the town.
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 2:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 341534 N 4121205
Decimal Degrees37.22390000, -76.78616667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.434', W 76° 47.17'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 26.04" N, 76° 47' 10.20" W
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Area Code(s)757, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1348 Colonial National Historic Pkwy, Williamsburg VA 23185, US
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