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Post archive for ‘VA Indian Heritage’

Werowocomoco Unearthed
August 23rd, 2003 - (0 Comments)

When Robert and Lynn Ripley purchased a 300-acre farm in Gloucester County, they knew that archaeologists suspected it was once the home of Powhatan, the Indian chief who reigned as the first English settlers moved into Virginia. Researchers recently confirmed that the site is indeed the former village of Werowocomoco. Scholar Martin Gallivan (William & Mary) discusses […]

Lewis and Clark and Native Americans
December 28th, 2002 - (0 Comments)

The first Americans to cross the continent knew less about their destination than the first men who landed on the moon. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to find a direct route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, the expedition made diplomatic connections with Indian tribes, encountered […]

Ten Thousand Virginia Winters
December 23rd, 2000 - (0 Comments)

As the air turns frigid, we offer the perfect reason to sit by the fire. Our tales of winters past in the Old Dominion may make you wonder whether it is, indeed, cold outside. Virginians of old witnessed a frozen Chesapeake Bay, snow in June and blizzards with 10-foot drifts. Anthropologist Jim Jordan (Longwood University) describes the […]

Clovis: The First Americans?
August 5th, 2000 - (0 Comments)

Since the 1930s, scientists have claimed the first Americans were Asian hunters who walked across the Bering Strait on a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska . They called these people Clovis, for the site in New Mexico where archaeologists first discovered their artifacts. And they suggested these first inhabitants were direct ancestors of Native […]

Monacans and Melungeons: Forgotten People in Virginia
July 8th, 2000 - (0 Comments)

Until recent years, Virginia’s Indian culture was kept invisible. But now the Monacan Indians are experiencing a cultural rebirth, aided by archeological discoveries that shed light on the lives of their ancestors thousands of years ago. Anthropologist Jeff Hantman (University of Virginia) discusses his work at a Monacan village site. Also featured: Brent Kennedy (University of Virginia’s College […]

Consumed by Sprawl
June 20th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

With suburban sprawl primed for debate as an issue in the 2000 Presidential campaign, we contemplate the future of managed growth in the Old Dominion. Can Virginia learn from growth control measures in the Pacific Northwest? Or is it heading down the same path as Atlanta, a city many point to as an example of […]

By Definition: The Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924
July 31st, 1998 - (0 Comments)

Passed at the height of the Eugenics Movement, the Virginia Racial Integrity Act proclaimed the existence of only two racial categories in Virginia – “colored” and “white.” This law effectively stripped people of Native American descent, as well as members of ethnic groups with dark skin, of their land, voting rights, and legal identity. Longwood […]

A Breed Apart: Exploring Unique Appalachian Cultures
April 7th, 1998 - (0 Comments)

Part I: Clinch Valley College mass communications professor Brent Kennedy discusses the history and culture of the mysterious and remote Melungeon people of southwestern Virginia, whose origins and ethnicity are still much debated. Part II: Radford University English professor Grace Edwards director of the Appalachian Regional Center joins sociologist Robert Farley of Piedmont Virginia Community College for a look at how outside influences may […]

By Definition: The Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924
February 13th, 1998 - (0 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 ethnics groups with dark skin, of their land, voting rights, and legal identity. Longwood College professor David Smith and Old Dominion University anthropologist Helen Rountree, […]

The First Thanksgiving and Virginia’s Native American Tribes
November 14th, 1997 - (0 Comments)

William and Mary historian James Axtell joins Old Dominion University anthropologist Helen Rountree for a look at relations between colonials and Indians in the towns of Plymouth, Massachusetts and Jamestown, Virginia. Also, where was the first official Thanksgiving? Most people think it was the Pilgrims at Plymouth. But some Virginians contend it happened here first. Others also lay claim […]