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The Mattaponi Reservation, located in West
Point, Virginia, is a small monument to the once thriving tribes that were represented in the great Powhatan Confederacy dates back as
far as 1600 AD.
During its greatest days, the Powhatan Confederacy consisted of approximately
34 tribes representing more than 10,000 people under the leadership of
Chief Powhatan (Pocahontas' father). The Confederacy's territory once
spanned the entire coastal plain of Virginia. Today, however, the Mattaponi
Reservation encompasses only 150 acres with approximately 70
people living on the reservation.
A visit to the Mattaponi Reservation and Museum is the perfect
educational day trip. It will not only provide you with a wonderful sense
of the traditional life of the Mattaponi people, it will
also provide a first-hand look into lifestyle that is threatening to disappear
all together. Some of the artifacts in the museum date back over 1,000 years with one of the most famous exhibits being a necklace that once belonged to Pocahontas.