At the confluence of the James and Rivana Rivers in Virginia sits a Monacan site. Monacan Chief Kenneth Branham walks us through the site of what was once the village of Rassawek, the epicenter of Monacan life before the Europeans arrived. And: Jeffery L. Hantman (University of Virginia) author of Monacan Millennium and Martin Gallivan (William & Mary), author of James River Chiefdoms say there is no doubt that Rassawek is the site of the former Monocan capital.

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Later in the show: For a decade, now, Amy Clark (University of Virginia at Wise) has been probing family land to make sense of ghost stories. A cemetery of enslaved people punctuates the family homestead. Now she’s troubling myths of Appalachia to make the ground talk. Plus: William Isom II is the director of Black in Appalachia.  His work with Amy Clark led to his discovery in Tennessee of the grave of his great, great grandfather.

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To Take Our World From Us

Jeffrey L. Hantman (University of Virginia)

Jeffery L. Hantman author of Monacan Millennium, says there is no doubt that Rassawek is the site of the former Monocan capital.

13 mins

Following the Werewecomoco Model

Martin Gallivan (William & Mary)

Martin Gallivan (William & Mary), author of James River Chiefdoms says Rassawek could benefit from following the Werewecomoco model.

9 mins

Black in Appalachia

William Isom II

William Isom II is the director of Black in Appalachia.  His work with Amy Clark led to his discovery in Tennessee of the grave of his great, great grandfather.

7 mins

Making the Ground Talk

Amy Clark (University of Virginia at Wise)

For a decade, now, Amy Clark has been probing family land to make sense of ghost stories. A cemetery of enslaved people punctuates the family homestead. Now she’s troubling myths of Appalachia to make the ground talk. Amy Clark was named Outstanding Faculty by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

17 mins

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