The proposal shows the paramount chief with the Powhatan Mantle over his shoulders. The figure wears the
Powhatan cape or mantle. The cape has a copy at the Jamestown Festival Park in Virginia. It's design symbolized a
man between his two totems (a deer and mountain lion) with 34 sacred circles representing indigenous Virginia,
Maryland and Washington, DC member nations historically documented as the "Powhatan Confederacy". Powhatan II's
domain was not governed by a dictatorship, nor was it like any "Kingdom" experienced by the English. Nations affilliated
with    his "Confederacy" had a certain amount of autonomy. They practiced the deliberative caucus, a concept that the
Europeans admire about their ancient Greek government.  

About the Artists

Rose Powhatan (Pamunkey/Tauxenent) and her husband of 54 years, Michael Auld are Washington, DC
artists/educators/historians. Michael is a member of the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP). His wife
Rose's family is deeply rooted in Virginia, DC and Marylamd. She is descended from the Pamunkey nation, the first
federally recognized Indian tribe of the state, as well as the Tauxenent Indian Nation (historic neighbors of George
Washington, in Fairfax County, Virginia and Washington, DC.). Her maternal ancestor, Opechancanough, was the
brother of Powhatan II. Rose is also an Algonquian wisdom keeper and storyteller. She has performed Tauxenent
Land Acknowledgements at both  the Kennedy Center and for the August 2020 Sankofa Foundation's YouTube
video Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

We are the founders of the Powhatan Museum educational website. As retired educators and practicing artists, in
2007 we found it necessary to create a far reaching tool to educate the public on Native American issues that were
missing from the country's educational systems. The Powhatan Museum promotes knowledge about Virginia and DC
Indian's contributions to the founding of the United States of America, so that it will never be forgotten. We are

In 1986, we created the "Totems to Powhatan", six sculptures based on traditional Virginia Indian totem poles.
The circle of totems, ranging from 4 to 9 feet, were fire engraved on the front with the history of Virginia, from the
“Algonquian Origin Myth" to the "Old Dominion," that  we continue to honor to this day. Rose was the first Virginia
Indian artist of her generation to honor her ancestors by reviving the totem pole cultural tradition revered by her

Figure 2 (Left & Center): Installation artists, Rose Powhatan & Michael Auld with six of their contemporary
"Totems to Powhatan" constructed for the 1986 Art for the Metro installation, Vienna Metro Station, Fairfax County,
Virginia. The Vienna site is near to homes where Rose spent her summers with local Pamunkey/Tauxenent relatives.
Right): One of six commissioned traditional Powhatan Totems,Village center, Jamestown Festival Park, VA

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**Caucus. The first written record
of a
caucus was by English
chroniclers of th  time.
"Powhatan's favorite place to
caucus with surrounding
[Amerindian] nations, was near
the Tiber Creek, located on
today's Capitol Hill in Washington,
DC. Powhatan never left his

The lands of the Dogue or
Tauxenent territory spread over
rom Fairfax County across
Roosevelt Island to the Potomac
River to the NW portion of District
of Columbia. "Dogue = 34th
member of the
At the time of the English contact
in 1607, Powhatan's domain was
an expanding territory stopped
dead in its tracks by disease,
Anglo-Powhatan wars, and
English instigated destabilization.
The kidnapping of Pocahontas
played a pivotal role in this
disruption of government.
Powhatan II whose private
name, in the Algonquian
tradition was

, and his
*Caucauasu) were
responsible for
English in
Attan Akamik ("Our
Fertile Country
") in 1607. As
the Virginia Company of
London's representative,
Captain John Smith's hopefully
lucrative economic enterprise,
cascaded into an eventual
complete takeover of the
*"Virginia Territory" that
included many of today's
Eastern Seaboard states. The
combined European
introduced pandemic,
effectively helped to weaken
the Powhatan Paramonuntcy.

Although the English
intentions to establish a
foothold on the North
Americancontinent in
competition with the
Spanishwas not known by the
Powhatans, the Powhatan
decision was probably by
The Colony of Virginia, chartered in 1606 and established in 1607, was the first enduring English colony in
North America
**Caucus; First recorded by Captain John Smith in 1607. Today, it continues to be a political meeting to make
decisions. From the Native American Caucus to the Black and Hispanic Caucus. For example  today
Michael E.
Capuano, Massachusetts is a member of approximately 33 caucuses.
Figure 1: (Left) Rose
Powhatan at the Ashmolean
Museum, Oxford, England in
(Bottom) Powhatan’s Mantle.
Her research trip was made
possible by a grant from the
Cafritz Foundation.

(Right) Rose Powhatan,
August 8, 2020 giving a
Land Acknowledgement
blessing in her "Attan Akamik"
a,k.a. Washington DC
homeland yard for
an introduction video for the
55th Anniversary Celebration
of the Voter Rights Act. The
YouTube event was
sponsored by the Sankofa
Figure 3: (Left); Rose Powhatan with
her “Keziah Powhatan” totem to her
18th century ancestor whose band
twice burned down the Fairfax County
Courthouse that was on her tribal
land, given to Lord Fairfax by his
cousin, the King of England.  

4: (Right), Rose Powhatan
/Tauxenent) Gravesend, London,
England, 1995 on a Fulbright
Teacher Exchange, in front of her
relative,  Pocahontas' statue near
Pocahontas' burial site under the
nearby St. Georges Church.
Pocahontas is believed to be buried
under the floor of the church's alter.
A duplicate of this statue is at
Jamestown, Virginia.
Figure 6: (Above) Michael Auld's life-sized sculptural installation of Anacaona ("Golden Flower")
1504 martyred Taino's Queen of Xaragua, Hispaniola, seated on her dujo (royal stool) in a cohoba
trance. (Mixed Media—2003
Installation by Michael Auld (Yamaye)
Above: The English Crowning of Powhatan II: (1608)
"The Coronation of Powhatan,” by the American artist John Cadsby Chapman, oil on
canvas. Courtesy of the Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina.

In 1608, Captain Newport realized that Powhatan's friendship was crucial to the survival
of the small Jamestown colony. In the summer of that year, he tried to "crown" the
paramount Chief [Already the leader of a vast "Empire" or "Confederacy"], with a
ceremonial crown, to make him an English "vassal".--Wikipedia
Above: The Baptism of Pocahontas, Rotunda of the Capitol Building, Washington, DC.
The favored image of the first Native American assimilationist,who was kidnapped by the English and who
suffered from the earliest known malady The Stockholm Syndrome, an affliction where the kidnapped victim (see
Patty Hearst) begins to identify with the kidnapper

(a) Link to page and Scroll down to the article "Pocahontas: Patron Saint of Colonial Miscegenation?")

(b) LIST OF CAUCUSES the_United_States_Congress
Figure 5: (Above) Rose Powhatan (Pamunkey/Tauxenenr) in her Washington, DC ancestral
territory, telling her Algonquian
Michabo the Great Hare's Origin Story, "where men and
women came from," a
Great Flood legend. Kennedy Center's REACH building's Land
ceremony. (2019).
5: (Above)  Riverbend Park, 2015 Native American Festival with Rose Powhatan, descendant (paternal)
of the indigenous Tauxenent or Dogue people of Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. Next to her are two
of her six fire engraved "Powhatan Totems". The shorter Algonquian origin-story totem is titled “Michabo
the Great Hare Story” that photographically tells where men and women came from. The taller traditional
red-faced totem tells the “Pocahontas Story”.
"What will it avalle you to take that by force you may quickly have by love, or to destroy
them that provide you food?"
Wahunsennachaw, Powhatan II to Captain John Smith (1608)
(Left) MAQUETTE: Originally based
on work done by
Georgia Mills
Jessup (Pamunkey) and her
Michael Auld (Yamaye).

The proposed sculpture to the
left is by the team of
Rose Powhatan
Pamunkey/Tauxenent) and
Michael Auld.

It is the idealized  figure of
 Powhatan II in 1607,
son ot the first Powhatan
("Dreamer") who began with an
eight-tribal confederation in
Tidewater, Virginia. Powhatan II,
who expanded his inherited
territory to 32-34 Algonquian
nations before 1607, wears his
mantle (see below) now in
England's Ashmolean Museum in
Oxford. He holds a turtle
talking stick (used to
keep discussions civil at
caucuses on Capitol Hill meetings
with surrounding nations). The
proposed statue is 10 feet tall
(bronze). The marble base is 4 feet
See this proposal