Pocahontas is a Native American heroine celebrated in the Disney animated movie for her pet raccoon and her free spirit. So why is she dressed like European royalty in her painting at the National Portrait Gallery? Curator and author Paul Chaat Smith separates out what we know and what we think we know about this iconic figure-- a woman who married the Bill Gates of her time and became "Queen of America."
Pocahontas / Unidentified Artist, Copy after: Simon van de Passe, after 1616 / Oil on canvas / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Gallery of Art; gift of the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, 1942 / NPG.65.61