dontgetsnarky asked: On your post about Pocahontas: You should look up the Powhatan Tribe's explanation of the true Pocahontas story. Her life was actually really miserable after the English arrived, contrary to Disney and cultural appropriation like to have us believe.
The romanticized view of Pocahontas is the most common, but there is also a view of Pocahontas as victim which this leans towards.
Pocahontas was held captive and it was during that captivity that she converted to Christianity and married John Rolfe. The settlers’ records say that Powhatan didn’t meet the ransom, which upset Pocahontas and might explain her decision to stay.
She lived with John Rolfe on his farm for two years after their marriage. I doubt the colonists would have found her if she had decided to leave. So I can’t see her life as miserable and choice less. I think she either loved John Rolfe or (more likely in my opinion) she made a strategic political decision she could live with.
A few weeks ago I linked to a NPR discussion of Pocahontas which I think is worth listening to.
my-lisa asked: If you could have a conversation with any woman in history or fiction, who would you talk to? (:
There are very few definitive facts about her and people project a lot on to her. Some of her decisions such as her conversion to Christianity and her marriage to John Rolfe could have been due to deep feelings or simply strategic. I wonder what her relationship with her father was like- people like to call her a princess but that isn’t accurate. Her trip to England must have been incredible.
If you haven’t heard yet, there is a nice little trend going on where people are going to Kmart and other retailers to pay off other people’s Christmas layaway. (Layaway is a program where people put aside items and pay for them a little bit at a time through the store).
The phenomena seems to have started in Michigan and most of the incidents so far have happened in the Midwest. Donors have mostly asked to see lists that include Christmas toys and left a small balance, asking that the person who put the items on layaway be told that the bulk of their balance has been paid off.
Kmart, Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, and Babies R Us all have layaway programs if you are inspired to play Secret Santa yourself.
Does anyone know where I could find a list of the team members for the Yugoslavian national water polo team in the 1940s?
Told you it wouldn’t seem like a serious question…..
Edited for more background: I was recently told that someone I personally knew (he has passed away) was supposed to be on the 1944 Olympic water polo team for Yugoslavia, but those Olympics were cancelled because of the war. Google tells me that the man in question was some kind of water polo player (played for Rijeka), but that is all I can find. The People’s Liberation Army had water polo teams (?!?!) during the war and frankly, I don’t even know what to do with that information.
And then there was some talk about “Oh he played, but it was his sister who made it into the Olympics.” However, women’s water polo wasn’t an Olympic sport until 2000.
And seriously, what is up with the “Google it” answers. Do I seem like I don’t know how to google?