Amopotoiske Patawomeck


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Amopotoiske Patawomeck 1

  • Marriage (1): Wauhunsenacawah "Powhatan"

   Another name for Amopotoiske was Nonoma Matatiske.

  General Notes:

Woodward, Grace Steele. Pocahontas. (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989, c1969), 1969.
"For all the colonists knew, Powhatan could have sold her or given her to a werowance in his confederacy to whom he owed some favor. It is more likely that the mother simply went away, since each of Powhatan's wives usually bore him but one child. A century after Pocahontas' death it was rumored that her mother was of "Runic," or Scandinavian, origin - but that is a theory with no real basis and has never been taken seriously by historians or ethnologists."

? Strachey, WIlliam. The Historie of Travaile Into Virginia Britannia. (Hakluyt Society).
"The names of some of his [Powhatan's] women. Winganuske. Attosomiske. Ortoughnoiske. Ashetoiske. Ponnoiske. Oweroughwough. Amopotoiske. Appomosiscut. Ottermiske. Ottopomtacke. Appimmoiske. Memeoughquiske.

I say they often reported unto us that Powhatan had then lyving twenty sonnes and ten daughters, besyde a young one by Winganuske, Machumps his sister, and a great darling of the king's; and besides, younge Pocohunta, a daughter of his, using sometyme to our fort in tymes past, nowe married to a private captaine, called Kocoum, some two yeares since."

"When Chief Wahunsunacock - or Powhatan - took his last Tsalagi wife, Amopotoiske, who later became the mother of Matoaka (or Pocahontas), as his wife, this put an end to Powhatan fighting with the Cherokee, as this brought unity with the two great nations. 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 Band of Cherokee was from this village, which means "Village on Bear Creek" or "The Bear Clan." Official Home of the Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee This is an unrecognized and controversial band of Cherokee.
"Our elders passed down, and eventually it took written form, that Amopotuskee or Amopotoiskee (meaning The Well, or The Spring) was Pocahontas' mother, but it is not inconceivable that Virginia Dare would have been the same woman, because of ancient Cherokee traditions, anyone adopted (and many Whites were) was considered to be a full blood Tsalagi." William Scott Anderson, Runningbull
? "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." Note written by Nicole at POCAHONTAS-L Archives

Amopotoiske married Wauhunsenacawah "Powhatan", son of Ensenore Algonkian Weroance "Chief Running Stream" of the Powhatan and Morning Flower. (Wauhunsenacawah "Powhatan" was born in 1547, died in 1618 and was buried in Pamunkey Indian Reservation, King William, King William County, Virginia, USA.)



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