In Tribute To Powhatan (our ancestors) – This Week’s Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ Topic Is Ancient Foods: Squash & Pumpkins

This week’s Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ topic “ancient foods: squash and pumpkins” is a tribute to our ancestors Chief Powhatan and Princess Nicketti, our direct line. As we look forward to Thanksgiving in the coming month, we can reflect back on the first Thanksgivings along the James River in Jamestown, the land of the Powhatan Confederacy. Thanksgivings were celebrated among Native Americans long before colonists arrived. During the first Thanksgiving festivities among the Powhatan and the Jamestown colonists, squash and pumpkins were an element of their meal. Their thanksgiving meal included the following:

Meats: Deer, Turkey, Duck, Goose, Rabbit, Chicken

Seafood: Fish, Shrimp, Clams, Oysters, Scallops, Crab, Lobster

Vegetables: Corn, Beans, Squash, Pumpkins, Wild Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Cabbage, Collards,

Fruits: Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Grapes, Plums, Raspberries

Other: Walnuts, Acorns, Pecans, Sunflowers, Grain Breads, Grits, Eggs, Cheese

Learn in this video everything you didn’t know about this amazing food staple and the old ways in which is developed, was grown, used and preserved by those who came before us.

Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ is a free weekly virtual learning experience designed for adults and their family (children) alike. Our hope is to inspire people to reconnect with their past and kindle a passion for the old “made by hand” ways of doing things. Country wisdom, indigenous knowledge, heritage ways are the things we examine each week (each new video is released Fridays at 10am.).  At the end of each weekly experience we propose activities you can do within your own family and home that brings this topic to life for you and the ones you love most. It is designed to be fun and educational at the same time. This week we look at the ancient foods of squash and pumpkins as we move into harvest season with halloween and pumpkin carving and then Thanksgiving. This topic is perfectly fitted for family activities and learning over the next six weeks.  

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Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ Topic: Ancient Foods: Squash and Pumpkins

4 thoughts on “In Tribute To Powhatan (our ancestors) – This Week’s Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ Topic Is Ancient Foods: Squash & Pumpkins

  1. Hi Lori, I just recieved a book in the mail titled “The family of Richard and Edna Thomas Davis” Written by Howard W. Davis. Po. box 15 Stinson Lake NH. 03274 (603) 786-9326. My aunt sent it to me along with some family lineage facts. My great grandfather x5 is William Davis b. 1756-d.1815 Virginia. It is possible that Williams father was named Melvin Davis, who would have been killed at the Massacre at Muddy Creek. William was married to Molly Packwood. My great granfather x4 was Jacob Davis b. 1786- d.? who was married to Eunice Dixon My great granfather x3 was Richard Davis b. 1809-d. 1894 he was married to Edna Thomas. We can trace the Thomas lineage back to Tristan Thomas b. 1522-? England. I also found some information about the Wagon Train they traveled with. It is said in the book that they left Iowa in the spring of 1867. In the spring of 1868 they joined a train of sixty-nine wagons at Marysville, Kansas. I can provid other deatils but i figured this would be sufficeint enough information for you to see if our ancestors were related.


    • So I did find your tree in ours and you are a descendent of Foulk Davis. We have lots of DNA matches there and are of the line of Barnabus Davis. Genetic matches both ways. So, your Eunice Dixon’s grandmother is Nancy Davis. Nancy Davis married Patrick Dixon. She is of the line of Foulk Davis if you’ve watched our videos on the three major Appalachian Davis lines: George, Barnabus and Foulk. So cool. I still haven’t found how our martha Dixon and your Eunice Dixon interconnect but I am sure they do. So this solved a HUGE riddle for me. Thanks so much!


    • So in looking further into your tree….Both your Dixon line and your Davis line go up to Foulk Davis. Your Dixon line married a Davis. Then your Melvin Davis line is obviously Davis. From Sr John Davis 1st (1610) from his son Samual your Melvin Davis line runs. From his son John Davis II, your Dixon line merges. Sir John Davis is the son of Foulk Davis (1590-1659). So yah…we are really related. How cool to finally crack the good on the Greenbrier Massacre and how it come into the tree.


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