By Vincent Schilling
Native Actress Irene Bedard, who served as the voice and model for Pocahontas and Pocahontas II, will guest star with Studi to lead an all-Native cast for the presentation that portrays the Cherokees’ fight to protect their homelands in the midst of war between American and British forces in Virginia. Studi will be playing Cherokee headman Attakullakulla, who comes to Williamsburg with his niece, Nanyehi, to broker a peace agreement with Patrick Henry, the governor of the fledgling Virginia Commonwealth.
Following “The Beloved Woman,” members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee will share stories and dances during a “Friends and Brethren” program.
For more on Indians and Colonial Williamsburg, see Blown Away by So Far from Scioto and Williamsburg Indians Jailed, Enslaved.
Below: "A still of Irene Bedard and Wes Studi from Edge of America, a 2003 TV movie made for Showtime."