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Re: Pocahontas and her Siblings and what the names mean.
Posted by: Elton L. Powell (ID *****3093) Date: October 16, 2003 at 19:00:15
In Reply to: Pocahontas and her Siblings and what the names mean. by Robin garner of 1081

I don't know that they have any particular meaning; that is with out some disagreement from someone. Whites wouldn't know anyway; ask the Native Indian tribal Councils up around Virginia and Washington.
The name 'POWHATON' is what the whites called Pocahontas' father; WHAHONSONOCOCKE. Most Indians didn't have last names as you put in the message, such as the surname; Powhaton.
Powhaton is also a made up name for the Chief.
You've got Mantequos in the list twice. And you missed the name we had such a controversy over, the sister born after Pocahontas; the one the whites named 'CLEOPATRE'. Enter that name in the lower space on any page and see the controvercy.
Mantequos and Porchins along with Cleopatre were present at Pocahontas' wedding along with an uncle, Opecancanough.
There have been varying amounts of children attributed to Chief Powhaton. I've seen the number 22 as being the most accurate; whose to know for sure? Powhaton was the Chief of about 32 tribes and each one furnished him with a 'wife' when he came to visit the tribe, to collect 'tarrifs' and make an accounting with them. the only son I'm sure of that you left out is one named 'Cornstalk'. Another whiteman's name for an Indian. And Powhaton had two other brothers; Opichipan and Japazaws.

Regards; ELTON

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