Reenactment of John Smith's Rescue

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Title

Reenactment of John Smith's Rescue

Description

The Virginia Indian Pocahontas pleads for the life of Jamestown colonist John Smith in this reenactment of the legendary 1607 event. Three hundred years after the dramatic rescue, members of the Pamunkey Indian tribe recreated this scene at the Jamestown Exposition; the tableau is captured here in this stereocard photograph.

An iconic figure in American history, Pocahontas is largely known for saving the life of John Smith and then romancing him—although both events are unlikely to be true. Nevertheless, the mythical Pocahontas continues to survive: both the Walt Disney animated feature Pocahontas (1995) and the Terrence Malick film The New World (2005) emphasize an unlikely romance between the young girl and Smith.

Description courtesy of Encyclopedia Virginia.

Creator

Keystone View Company

Source

Virginia Historical Society

Date

1907

Rights

Coverage

seventeenth century
twentieth century
Jamestown

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Stereocard photograph

Files

Rescue Reenactment.jpg

Citation

Keystone View Company, “Reenactment of John Smith's Rescue,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed September 16, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/157.

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