Powhatan Tribes

Powhatan Tribes

About Powhatan Tribes

The Powhatan (also spelled Powatan and Powhaten) is the name of a Virginia Indian confederation of tribes. It may also refer to the leader of those tribes, commonly referred to as Chief Powhatan. It is estimated that there were about 14,000aon21,000 Powhatan people in eastern Virginia when the English settled Jamestown in 1607. They were also known as Virginia Algonquians, as they spoke an eastern-Algonquian language known as Powhatan or Virginia Algonquin.