"So We Too"; This is a serigraph print that makes
a statement about the universality of the
displacement of indigenous people in their own
makes an unbiased visual
statement about an
American icon. The artist felt
insulted by how a Pamunkey
Indian woman of purely
indigenous ancestry had
been "whitewashed" by
European portraitists. Their
use of an Anglicized Indian
woman for commercial
propaganda purposes made
a mockery of ideal
indigenous aesthetics and
Look closely at the full lips
and tattooed face. They are
true indicators of
The four totem poles at the near left
vary in size and meaning. They have
been "fire-engraved" with pictographs
that relate key events from the history
and mythology of Virginia's Indians
(and their Eastern Woodlands
"cousins"). They are part of a six
totem pole installation that range in
height from four to nine feet tall.
(Left to right)
1. "Totem to Powhatan", 7ft
2. "Pocahontas/John Smith Story", 6ft
3. "Attan Akamik", 5ft
4. "Origin of Men and Women", 4ft
The tallest totem, at nine feet, is
"The Old Dominion" (not shown).
It features the State Seal of Virginia
embossed on a copper shield.
of Indigenous Arts and Culture
|This is an online exhibition of contemporary visual and literary work created by descendants of the historic
Powhatan Confederacy Tribal Nations indigenous to Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.
Featured artists have given the Powhatan Museum permission to have their work posted on this website.
ROSE POWHATAN (Pamunkey/Tauxenent), Painter/Printmaker//Installation Artist
"A Warrior's Memories of Days Past"; Mixed-media installation using organic materials. The totem pole represents Chief Powhatan.
Detail of: Four Totems (Fire-engraved wood)
Installation of six Powhatan totems at the
Vienna Metro Station, Vienna, VA.
"Pocahontas Unmasked " (Hand colored print)
"Storyteller" (Acrylic Painting)
"Pride of Virginia: Chickahominy
Cousins Carmen and Troy Adkins"
(This acrylic painting honors a Virginia
Indian family of wisdom keepers.)
"Keziah Powhatan, Fire Woman Warrior"; This organic
installation features a totem pole as its main
design feature. The totem pole represents an ancestor
of the artist, Keziah Powhatan. She was a Tauxenent Indian
who headed her band of fellow tribespeople in Fairfax County,
Virginia during colonial times.
Copyrighted 2007 by Auld/Powhatan
GEORGIA MILLS JESSUP (Pamunkey), Painter/Ceramist/Muralist
Above: "Rainy Night Downtown", In the permanent collection of
the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC