Secoton

Geolocation

Title

Secoton

Description

This watercolor by English artist John White shows a bird's-eye view of the Indian town of Secoton, or Secotan, in the Outer Banks region of present-day North Carolina. White visited the town in July 1585. White's detailed rendering of the town shows that the houses the Indians lived in were rounded structures with walls made of bark or reed mats that could be lifted to permit more light and air. He also indicated fields of corn—one of which is being tended by a guard—at varying stages of growth ("newly sprong," "greene," and "rype"). The village bustles with activity: participants in a ceremony at bottom right dance about "posts carved on the topps lyke mens faces" while several people eat a meal nearby ("sitting at meate").

Description courtesy of Encyclopedia Virginia.

Creator

John White

Date Created

ca. 1585

Source

The British Museum

Format

Watercolor over graphite

Physical Dimension

12.75" x 7.75"

Coverage

sixteenth century, Virginia, North Carolina