Smithsonian Channel Now Airing ‘Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth’

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‘Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth’ is one more story undoing the softened history of Matoaka.

In celebration of March being designated Women’s History Month and in recognition of the recent 400th anniversary of her burial on March 21st, The Smithsonian Channel has unveiled their latest documentary on the life of one of the most famous Native women in American history: Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth.

As listed on the Smithsonian Channel website, the Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth story does not appear to pull any punches in terms of the kidnapping of an indian girl.

The story of Pocahontas has been passed down through the centuries. Her relationship with John Smith has been characterized as a romance that united two cultures and created lasting peace. However, the life of this American Indian princess was anything but a fairytale. Join us as we look beyond the fiction and reveal the real story of Pocahontas, a tale of kidnapping, conflict, starvation, ocean journeys, and the future of an entire civilization.

Pocahontas as Rebecca Rolfe.

The Smithsonian Channel’s Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth delves deep into the story and uses interviews with authors, historians, curators and the current Chief of the Pamunkey Bob Gray. The documentary also uses archival images and historical reenactments.

The Smithsonian Channel’s Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth examines how the story of her life has been told through the centuries, including how the story was embellished.

Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth airs today April 7th at 4pm est, Monday May 1st at 5pm est and May 4th at 10am est. For more airing times, visit the Smithsonian Channel listings page here.

As we have previously reported,

Despite what many people believe due to longstanding and inaccurate accounts in history books and movies such as Disney’s Pocahontas, the true story of Pocahontas is not one of a young Native Powhatan woman with a raccoon friend who dove off of mountain-like cliffs off the coasts of Virginia. (Note: there are no cliffs on the coast of Virginia.)

The true story of Pocahontas is a tale of tragedy and heartbreak.

For further reading, please see these ICMN articles:

Pocahontas Death Day Celebrations in England

The True Story of Pocahontas: Historical Myths Versus Sad Reality