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Post archive for ‘VA Indian Heritage’

Giving Thanks—or Miigwetch
November 22nd, 2014 - (0 Comments)

Gathered around the Thanksgiving table, Americans tell stories about colonists and Native Americans coming together. But do Native Americans even celebrate Thanksgiving? And what would Native American heritage food look like? This November, With Good Reason takes a look at the indigenous side of a Thanksgiving table. Anton Treuer, author of Everything You Wanted to […]

Witches, Slaves, and Heroines
November 8th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

Join us for a sampler of Norfolk State University’s 1619:The Making of America conference, including the myths and truths behind the lives of two native women—Pocahontas and Tituba—by Page Laws (Norfolk State University), a brief history of human slavery by Paul Finkelman (University of Pennsylvania), and three remarkable enslaved women in Canada who fought back […]

Red Ink
March 16th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

A common historical myth is that Native Americans were an “oral people” and did not engage in literacy. In his new book Red Ink: Native Americans Picking Up the Pen in the Colonial Period, Drew Lopenzina  (Old Dominion University) argues that Native Americans early on acquired the skills of reading and writing in an effort […]

By Definition: The Racial Integrity Act of 1924
February 20th, 2010 - (6 Comments)

Passed at the height of the eugenics movement, the Racial Integrity Act proclaimed the existence of only two racial categories in Virginia—”colored” and white.  The law stripped Native Americans, and members of other groups with dark skin, of their land, voting rights, and legal identity.  David Smith (Longwood University) and anthropologist Helen Rountree (Old Dominion […]

The "Discovery" of North America
November 7th, 2009 - (4 Comments)

When the British planted a cross and their flag on territory previously unclaimed by European nations, they were, Chief Justice John Marshall would later say, exercising a right of discovery that extended back to the 15th-century colonization by Spain and Portugal of non-Christian lands.  Historian Robert J. Miller and Karenne Wood (Virginia Foundation for the […]

Middle Eastern Melodies
August 24th, 2007 - (0 Comments)

Most Americans are only superficially acquainted with Middle Eastern music, as presented in movie soundtracks. However, music from the Arabic speaking countries is very diverse and is integral to the spiritual life of the people who listen to it. Anne Rasmussen (The College of William and Mary) leads an ensemble of music students who perform Middle Eastern melodies. […]

Global Jamestown and the Poles
January 27th, 2007 - (0 Comments)

Patrick Griffin (University of Virginia) says Jamestown was in the vanguard of England’s participation in a growing global economy. And, says James Horn (College of William and Mary), this new venture took advantage of England’s increased economic links to other nations. The Virginia Company sought out skilled Polish craftsmen, among other nationalities, to help build the colony at Jamestown. John Radzilowski (University of St. […]

Endangered Languages
July 22nd, 2006 - (0 Comments)

On average one language disappears every two weeks on this planet and by the end of the century, half of the world’s languages will be gone. Linguist Jack Martin (The College of William & Mary) discusses why languages disappear and what can be done to preserve these languages, particularly the dialects of Native Americans. Also: Historian Gilmer Blackburn (University of […]

Jamestown: What Pocahontas Saw
January 14th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

The story of Pocahontas has been told and retold for 400 years, from Captain John Smith’s early letters to director Terrence Malick’s latest film, The New World . In a lively discussion, historians Helen Rountree (Old Dominion University) and Camilla Townsend (Colgate University) deconstruct and demystify the legend of Pocahontas and, in doing so, paint an engrossing picture of Indian life in the early […]

Jamestown: The First Americans
January 29th, 2005 - (0 Comments)

At the time of the Jamestown Colony, Powhatan had forged a complexly organized paramount chiefdom on the coastal plain of Virginia that numbered approximately thirty tribes. Today’s descendants of these tribes and their allies have strong opinions about the upcoming Jamestown quadricentennial. Chiefs Stephen Adkins (Chickahominy) and Kenneth Adams (Upper Mattaponi) discuss historical and present-day issues facing […]