Saturday, November 28, 2015

Do Virginia Dare's Descendants Survive in the Finger Lakes?

Seneca white deer are in the news today — White deer group plans to bid on old Army Depot. We learn of the "11th-hour fundraising campaign to save the world's largest herd of white deer as well as the Cold War military installations" by "turning the unique 7,000-acre facility into a world class eco-tourism and military park." Seneca White Deer, Inc., the "group of conservationists and history buffs," is taking donations online.

This story had me revisiting some recent fanciful speculations regarding the old colonial legend about Virginia Dare, the first white child born in what are today these united States in the Roanoke Colony, being turned into a white doe by an Indian shaman. [See Virginia Dare, The White Doe.] Miss Dare was born in 1587. If she had indeed been turned into a white doe, this would have likely occurred when she was an adolescent or young adult, say, in the first decade of the XVIIth Century.

Could her cervine descendants, or her spirit as the Indian version of the legend has it, have passed from sanctuary among the Croatan, who perished as a people to disease, to the Tuscarora people, and traveled north with them after the Tuscarora War to settle in Iroquois and later become the sixth nation of their confederacy?

This would be yet another connection between the Great State of North Carolina and Upstate New York, the two outposts of Anti-Federalism in the late XVIIIth Century. I made two trips south to the state two years ago, two months apart; here are my reports — Back From Dixie and Back in W.N.Y. From W.N.C.. On the former trip, one of the highlights occurred at the Elizabethan Gardens, where I paid homage to the incredibly lovely Virginia Dare Statue.

And back to the subject of our post, a site dedicated to her memory, VDARE, recently posted, albeit early, this lovely Christmas image for the upcoming Giving Tuesday:

Please consider participating his Tuesday by giving to Seneca White Deer, Inc. and VDARE.

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