Smithsonian

Pocahontas: Lesson Three

Objective

Students will analyze four portraits of Pocahontas and determine evidence of Native American and/or Western European culture.

Materials Subject

U.S. History

Vocabulary

Primary source
Secondary source
Culture

Procedure
  1. Print out an overhead color copy or give each student a color copy of the four portraits of Pocahontas from the above website. You may choose to label these portraits 1–4 going clockwise, starting with the Mary Ellen Howe portrait.
  2. Ask students to answer the following prompt: Using the “Four Faces of Pocahontas” portraits, summarize how each painter depicted Pocahontas. Identify evidence of the Native American culture and/or the Western European culture in each portrait.