Thursday, March 31, 2011

Virginia Indians in Early America

The narrative of Indians in seventeenth-century Virginia seems always to be cast in the mode of "imperial history." It is European events, timelines, people, agendas, and background that is important and Indians are treated as obstacles, a side-show, or more recently as victims. Historians need to reinterpret the story of Virginia's Indians from inside the longhouse or yehakans, as Indians called their houses. Do you agree? What will be required to accomplish this task?