Tremendous surprise got the actor
Edward Nortonwho discovered that the Native American Pocahontas (1595-1617), daughter of the leader of Powhatan territory, is his twelfth great-grandmother.
The American actor, screenwriter, director and film producer got that information during Tuesday’s episode of the genealogy history show.
‘Finding Your Roots’of the open television channel pbspresented by the historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.
“This makes you realize that you are a small part of the history of humanity,” said Edward Norton after learning about the event during the broadcast of the program.
Gates assured Norton that the English colonist John Rolfe and
Pocahontas were part of his family tree and that his great-grandparents had been married on April 5, 1614, in Virginia. During the program that is dedicated to tracing the ancestral histories of celebrities, it was also revealed that Norton’s third great-grandfather, John Winstead, owned a family of slaves consisting of a man, a woman and five girls.
On this, the actor from Fight Club (1999) confessed that he was not proud of that part of his story and that it was something that made him feel “uncomfortable”.
“It is not a judgment on your own life, but it is a judgment on the history of this country and you have to recognize it first of all and then you have to face it (…) When you read ‘eight-year slave’, you just want to die ”, snapped the protagonist of the recent premiere Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
Pocahontas: Her Story
Part of the story of Pocahontas became known thanks to Disney’s animated film of the same name in the mid-1990s and other subsequent films, such as Terrence Malick’s The New World (2005), starring the Peruvian-born actress Q’ Orianka Kilcher.
Born in the 17th century, Pocahontas
She was a Native American, daughter of Chief Powhatan, of the Algonquian Confederacy in Virginia.. In her mother tongue, her real name was Matoaka, but she was known by her nickname, Pokahantesú.
The English colonists pronounced it Pocahontas and that’s how it went down in history. He met them when he was just 11 years old, when they came to his territory to build settlements.
Pocahontas, the real one. Photo: diffusion
The tribe to which the young woman belonged was not a bit amused by the presence of strangers in their land, so they decided to demonstrate by kidnapping one of their leaders. It was John Smith. The Englishman was taken to Werowocomoco, one of the areas of the Powhatan Empire, and was sentenced to death. However, he was never executed. Pocahontas did not allow it. Legend has it that, at the time of his execution, the young woman jumped on him to protect him.
It is difficult to know what actually happened since the only version of events that has come down to our days is that of John Smith. Be that as it may, what is certain is that he began a period of respect, rather than peace, in which a friendship between natives and Englishmen began.