This interactive exercise will focus on how interpretations of history change over time. By examining a series of images and descriptions of Pocahontas created over the course of four centuries, you will discover how drastically characterizations of her have shifted over time.
This activity shows that portrayals of historical figures and events often have more to do with the period in which the depictions were created than the era being represented. In the case of Pocahontas, the evolving representations mirror changing attitudes towards women and towards Native Americans. An awareness that each generation views history from its own unique perspective, applying its current trends and concerns to reinterpret the past, helps us understand that history is not fixed in time.