Re: No such thing as an "Indian Princess"
The power of the women to exert matri-lineal descent for Chiefs is not quite proven either. There are many remarks about how cruelly Powhaton and others treated their women and it is stated several times that Powhaton inherited his position from his father and that he made a couple of his sons chiefs of small tribes. Even some years later, a descendant of his,'Cornstalk',was a chief of an uprising. Neither is the marriage of Opechancanough to his niece proven either.I believe its based on a misconception of the meaning or the word,'allied',as used in a Maryland deposition of John Rolph's son,Thomas,to visit his aunt,Cleopatre,and Opechancanough,to whom he was 'ALLIED'. He didn't say Opie was -M- to Cleopatre but did say that she was his mother's(Pocahontas') sister. N.J.Floyd,in 1890 claimed she was -M- to a Cayuga chief. and that is more logical untill proven wrong. Regards,Elton