Part of what makes the Pocahontas story so fascinating is that Pocahontas is unknowable. We agree that she was real, and we know that some of her activities were recorded by others, and we know that either by accident or because of her strength of personality, she influenced the course of American history. But most of the details of her life are a mystery, so we are forced to imagine her and take our best guesses with the information and prejudices we have to create a Pocahontas that seems plausible. And since each person wishes to see Pocahontas in a different way, we are left to argue over the details, with little hope for definitive answers. In a way, the continuing controversies about Pocahontas are what keep her alive in our history books and in our consciousness.