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Virginia Dare's Vision

Copyright Date:
1988

Copyright Holder:
Sarah Drury

Extent:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 604 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

Background:
Broadcast as part of Episode 604 of the 1990 season of "New Television."

Scope:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 604 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"Virginia Dare went down in history as the first recorded white birth in the American colonies. Her family was part of the Roanoke colony, which disappeared soon after her birth and was never heard from again. In this mysterious and original piece, artist Sarah Drury combines electronic, computer-generated music with images of water, violence, and healing to suggest the Ôlife' of Virginia Dare beyond the historical fact of her disappearance." -- WGBH press release

This short piece (under six minutes in length) deconstructs beliefs that were accepted by early American colonizers. The savagery of Native Americans and the idea of the "new" continent as a heaven on earth are presented as suspect.

Music is by Karen Shasha and Sarah Drury.



Subjects:
Indians of North America
Colonies

Dare, Virginia






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