Powhatan Indians - an Eastern Woodlands People

by  Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

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Explore the lives and society of the Powhatan Indians, an Eastern Woodlands tribe inhabiting regions of Virginia long before 1607. Through inquiry methods and reproduction artifacts, explore the Powhatan Indian culture, including roles of different members of its society, government structure and how the Powhatan Indians used the natural resources in their environment to produce tools, clothing, houses and food.

To book or for more information, please contact:
Sally Stook
(757) 243-4391

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About This Program


By Request: $75.00

$50 for Virginia Schools


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation has a change fee policy:
• Organizations will be allowed one free change to their reservation.
• Each additional adjustment will incur a fee of $25.
• Changes occurring within seven days prior to scheduled program will incur a fee of $25.
• Change is defined as an adjustment to the date, time, and type of program.

Please send reschedule or cancelation requests to group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov or call 757-253-4949. Fees will be waived due to school delay/closing or select technical problems.

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About This Provider

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Williamsburg , VA
United States

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia offering programs and resources about early American history through its museums – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. 

Our Mission 

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation shall foster through its living-history museums – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – an awareness and understanding of the early history, settlement, and development of the United States through the convergence of American Indian, European, and African cultures and the enduring legacies bequeathed to the nation. 

Virtual Learning 

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offer a range of virtual learning experiences for classrooms unable to travel to the museums or participate in a Virginia outreach program. 

Using Zoom or your classroom’s virtual learning platform, students can join a Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation educator as they explore early Virginia and United States history together. Topics examine the Powhatan Indians, early English settlement at Jamestown, three cultures that converged in Virginia, causes and events of the American Revolution and stories of real people who shaped our early history. These inquiry-based educational programs are designed to be interactive and thought provoking, allowing students to explore the past while honing their skills in critical thinking, communication and historical thinking. 

Shannon Kuster

Program Details


1. The program will begin with an introduction to Jamestown and the Powhatan Indian tribe.
2. We then will discuss aspects of life and culture of the Powhatan.
3. We will look deeper into the relationship between the Powhatan and English upon arrival to Jamestown.
4. We will discuss the Native American culture today.
5. The program will conclude with a question and answer session.


1. Students should be able to describe aspects of the life and culture of the Virginia Indians who were living in the Coastal Plain (or Tidewater) in 1607 and who were known by English settlers as the Powhatan Indians.

2. Students should be able to understand the relationship between Powhatan Indian culture and the environment of Virginia.

3. Students should be able to explain how the passing of time and the arrival of English settlers in 1607 have affected Powhatan culture.

4. Students should be able to see how Native American culture remains vibrant and important today.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

VA Sol's: 2.1, 2.3a, 2.7a, 2.9, 2.10, VS.1, VS.2, VS.3g, VS.4b

USI.1; USI.3b,c; USI.4b

State Standards

Virginia SOLs: 2.1, 2.3a, 2.7a, 2.9, 2.10, VS.1; VS.2; VS.3g; VS.4b