Powhatan Renape Nation - FAQ
Your most Frequently asked Questions -
We regret that we do not have the staff or time to provide individual answers to most of the questions we receive at our website. However, we are pleased to provide here some general answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Tracing My Heritage
QUES: "I believe I am a descendent of the Powhatan Nation. Please send/provide me with information that would help me trace my ancestry."
Tracing Powhatan Ancestry is no different than tracing any ancestry. Unfortunately, we do not have any more information regarding tracing your ancestry than your public library. The public library will have information about researching your family tree. A local genealogy society may also provide some support. If you are successful in finding a link between yourself and the Powhatan Confederacy, or if you can show a relationship with existing members we would be pleased to keep your information on file for the use of others who can show they were linked to your family tree.
Ques: "I am a Powhatan/ a direct descendent of Pocahontas, and would like to register with you. How do I go about doing that?"
We are pleased with your interest in the Powhatan Renape Nation. We hope it will be possible for you to attend one of our cultural festivals in the autumn of each year.
Our membership is well known and it is unlikely that you are entitled to membership. However, if you still believe you have an entitlement, please send us a full family tree.
We thank you for your inquiry, and again, we invite you to become acquainted with us through attendance of one of the festivals we hold each year.
QUES: "How can I get more information on Pocahontas?"
Our print resources are unfortunately quite limited. Check your public library for books on the Powhatan Confederacy. Serious students will want to check books by Christian Feast and Helen Rountree.
Reports and Speeches
QUES: "I have to give a report/talk about the Powhatans. Please send me information about your history, religious practices, customs, etc."
Again, our resources are quite limited - we actually do not have very much printed material available. We are however, in the process of expanding this website to include more information. We also do have a short publication on the History of the Powhatan Renape Nation. We would be happy to mail this upon request, for only a very small fee to cover our mailing and printing costs. Sorry we cannot help more - we hope you find your research enjoyable.
Chief Roy Crazy Horse