Roanoke College

Virginia’s Secret: The Powhatan View of the First Years of the Jamestown Colony


SALEM, Va.-Angela L. Daniel, also known as "Silver Star," will speak about her book, co-authored with Dr. Linwood "Little Bear" Custalow, The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History (Fulcrum Publishing, 2007), which is the first major publication regarding the Powhatan interpretation of the first years of the Jamestown Colony. Daniel's presentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 in Antrim Chapel at 7:30 p.m. The lecture, co-sponsored by Roanoke College and the Friends of the Salem Library, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

For centuries, the Native perspective of history has been denied credibility, legitimacy and free public expression in the state of Virginia. Daniel's research with Mattaponi tribal oral historian, Dr. Linwood "Little Bear" Custalow provides details into the boarder overarching themes expressed by leaders of descendant Powhatan tribes. She will discuss the major differences between Powhatan and Euro-American historical narratives through the story of Pocahontas.

A Virginia native, Daniel's grandparents, on her mother's side of the family, moved to Covington, Va. from West Virginia and she still has many relatives in the Roanoke area. The late Chief Webster "Little Eagle" Custalow honored Daniel by giving her the name "Silver Star." He encouraged her to learn and pass on the oral history of the Mattaponi. Daniel received both a B.A. and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Virginia. Today she is working on her Ph.D. degree in anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

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