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From: "NICOLE" <>
Subject: Re: Update: the Alleged Cherokee Mother of Pocahontas
Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 12:07:07 -0400
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> Capt. John Smith saying that the
> mother of Pocahontas was Cherokee

Thanks for relating that SMITH did not
discuss the mother of Pocahontas.
I guess it was a misattributed quote.

The 2 women which I personally have seen
attributed as the mother of Pocahontas
are Amopotoiske or Nonoma Matatiske.
Are there any others ?

Amopotoiske is regularly listed
as a wife of Cheif Powhattan and
"apparently" she was a Cherokee.

Amopotoiske was of the village of Amonute
on Bear Creek, where it flows into the
Appomattox River. She was leader of the
"Wild Potatoes Clan", also known as the
"Bear Clan".

The Amonsoquath Tribe of Cherokee was from
this village of Amonute - which means
"Village on Bear Creek" or "The Bear Clan."

It is interesting to note that one of the
names that Pocahontas was known by was
"Amonute" and that is also name of the
village where the Cherokee wife was from.

These are the names commonly attributed to
Chief Powhattan's daughter who married Johon ROLFE:

aka Amonute (birth name)
aka Pocahontas (nick name)
aka Matoaka (secret clan name)
aka Rebecca (baptised name)
aka Mrs. ROLFE (married name)

I believe this is the order which
their usage occurred in also.

So if the mother was NOT Cherokee
then I wonder why she would name her
daughter after a Cherokee village?

It doesn't matter to me which one is the
mother, other than it means I have to look
in different places for genealogical info.


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