Chief Powhatan Statue, Williamsburg, Virginia / The Williamsburg area is steeped in history. An important part of that history is the Native American groups who inhabited the area when the English settlers arrived in 1607. The story of Pocahontas saving Captain John Smith is well-known. Her father, Wahunsonacock, better know at Powhatan, was the chief of the Powhatan Indians. According to the story, Smith was captured and about to be put to death when Pocahontas intervened.