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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Brits Greet Indians Without Reservation

A group of 55 Virginia Indians visited the resting place of Pocahontas in Gravesend, England, on Friday as part of the 18-month-long Jamestown 2007 celebration.

The Indians presented local representatives with gifts from their home state -- including a traditional Pamunkey clay pot and a large bundle of dried tobacco leaves, the cash crop of Virginia that came to attract English investors.

"It is tradition that when you go to visit an elder or a dignitary, you respect them by bringing tobacco one of the four sacred herbs," said Kevin Smith, a member of the Nansemond tribe. [Link]
Upon sampling the tobacco, their British hosts immediately entered into negotiations with the natives to purchase the land they call "Virginia." Colonization will commence early next year.

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