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American Indian Intertribal Powwow October 1 & 2 to Feature Song and Dance, Storytelling, Film Presentation & Kevin Locke

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 19, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will present an American Indian Intertribal Powwow on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, featuring song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and a film presentation.

An Evening Concert & Flute Workshops With Kevin Locke

A highlight of the weekend event will be a Saturday evening performance by folk artist Kevin Locke, a world-renowned Hoop Dancer, an indigenous Northern Plains flute player and storyteller.  Locke, a Native American Music Award winner for 2009 Record of the Year and National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, will perform traditional songs and original music from his 12 albums, most recently The First Flute, Open Circle, Keepers of the Dream and Dream Catcher, combining songs on flute with American Indian stories touching on the Lakota culture and sign language. At the conclusion of the evening, accompanied by Powwow singers, Locke will perform a hoop dance, an athletic healing dance in which he uses 28 hoops to form various animals and shapes. Audience members will be selected to learn and take part in this traditional hoop dance. The evening concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12.

As a Lakota and Anishinabe, Locke works with young people on American Indian reservations to ensure the survival and growth of the indigenous culture and shares the culture’s legacies with others during his world travels.  Locke will offer flute workshops at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in which he will show children how to build and paint their own flute and teach them a song. Participants during the Saturday workshops will be invited to perform with Locke during the Saturday evening performance, and those participating in the Sunday workshops can take part in the Sunday daytime Powwow dancing event. Flute workshops require advance reservations and cost $40 per person on Saturday (includes museum admission to daytime event and evening concert) and $35 on Sunday (includes museum admission to daytime event). Each workshop, designed for ages 8 and older, is limited to 15 participants.

American Indian Intertribal Powwow activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. include:

Powwow Singing & Dancing

A Grand Entry with a parade of dancers will take place at 12:30 p.m. each day in a dance circle on the museum mall, followed by an afternoon of singing and dancing until 4:30 p.m.  Master of Ceremonies will be David White Buffalo, a member of the Sincagu band of the Lakota Nation, and Arena Director will be Clark Stewart of the Chickahominy Tribe. Among the featured singers will be Thunder Voices of the Lumbee, from Lumberton, N.C.; Zotigh Singers of the Kiowa, from Oklahoma; and The White Buffalo Singers of the Lakota, from Rosebud, S.D.

Film Presentation

Visitors can view the one-hour documentary film “Rising Voices” 10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. each day to learn about the endangered indigenous language of the Lakota people. The film is part of The Language Conservancy’s ongoing effort to preserve and revitalize languages in North America. Following the film, elders and first-language speakers from the Lakota in South Dakota and Crow in Montana will be on hand to discuss the film and facilitate children’s activities.


Grace Ostrum of the Accohannock will present American Indian stories at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.

Birds of Prey

A “Birds of Prey” program, featuring falcons and other raptors, will be presented on the museum mall by Eagle Pines Falconry at 11:45 a.m. each day of the event.

‘Bartering for a Continent’ Special Exhibition

Jamestown Settlement visitors also can enjoy the “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America” special exhibition through December 10, exploring the importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities across the North American continent.

Basket Workshops

Powhatan Indians in the 17th century made baskets of bark, grasses and vines to carry items harvested on land and from waterways. Visitors can pre-register for a two-hour workshop at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. October 1 and 2 to discover the process of making twined baskets and take it home. Workshops are $20 per person and limited to 15 participants.

About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement features an introductory film, expansive exhibition galleries that chronicle the nation’s 17th-century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures, and historical interpretation at outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, and a colonial fort.

The American Indian Intertribal Powwow daytime event is included with admission: $17.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 6 through 12, and children under 6 are free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.

Separate admission is required for the Saturday evening concert with Kevin Locke and advance reservations required for flute and basket workshops. Tickets are available at https://jyfemail.jyf.virginia.gov/eStore/.

Jamestown Settlement, located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information about the American Indian Intertribal Powwow, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/powwow/

2016 Revolutionary War Lecture Series Leads Up to Debut of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Exhibition Galleries

YORKTOWN, Va., August 15, 2016 – The Yorktown Victory Center’s annual Revolutionary War lecture series will this year preview new permanent exhibition galleries debuting in mid-October in conjunction with the museum’s change in name to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  On four consecutive Tuesdays in September, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff speakers will explore a range of topics link

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July 23 Flag-Raising Ceremony Starts at Yorktown Victory Center, Proceeds to Yorktown Battlefield’s Royal Welch Fusiliers Redoubt

YORKTOWN, Va., July 19, 2016 – A British flag of the 18th century will be raised Saturday, July 23, at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Redoubt on Yorktown Battlefield in a ceremony jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement history museums. The flag will be presented by retir

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Online Personality Quiz Engages Players In Revolutionary Approach To History

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 1, 2016 – On the eve of Independence Day, a new online personality quiz invites participants to discover what they have in common with people of the American Revolution.  “How Revolutionary Are You?,” an amusing take on history, launches today on the Facebook page and website – HistoryIsFun.org – of Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, transitioning in Octo

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Names Mark Howell, Pam Pettengell To New Director Positions

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 23, 2016 – Bringing extensive experience in museum education programming, Mark Howell of Williamsburg has joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as director of education, one of two new positions in the Foundation’s Museum Operations and Education Division led by Senior Director Peter Armstrong. Pam Pettengell of Williamsburg, director of outreach education and special se

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Yorktown Victory Center’s ‘Liberty Celebration’ Drums Up Patriotic Fun July 3-4

YORKTOWN, Va., June 9, 2016— Salute the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 3 and 4 at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, visitors can enjoy music, interpretive programs, military drills and artillery demonstrations, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founde

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Sailing to Norfolk for 40th Annual Harborfest Event

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 26, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will participate in the 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® June 10-12, including a parade of sail that starts in Hampton Roads at noon, Friday, June 10. The ship will be docked at Norfolk’s Waterside Marina throughou

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‘Freedom’s Sentinel’ Eagle Sculpture Mounted Above Yorktown Museum Entrance

YORKTOWN, Va., May 20, 2016 – An iconic symbol of the United States of America – sculpted by nationally prominent artist David H. Turner – is newly mounted on the pediment crowning the main entrance of the Yorktown Victory Center, transitioning to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in October. Titled “Freedom’s Sentinel,” the 18-foot-wide, 500-pound sculpture depicts an eagle mantling two e

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Jamestown Settlement to Present ‘Historic Trades Fair’ June 4 & 5

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 16, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement will hold a “Historic Trades Fair” on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, showcasing a variety of historical trades and crafts, from flint-knapping, blacksmithing and leatherwork to spinning, quillwork and pottery. Crafts and wares also will be available for purchase. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the weekend event will take place in conjunction wi

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‘Bartering for a Continent’ Special Exhibition to Explore Importance of Anglo-Indian Trade in America

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 16, 2016 — “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America,” June 4 through December 10 at Jamestown Settlement, will explore the importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities a

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Four Virginia Legislators Named to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 12, 2016 – Four members of the Virginia General Assembly have joined the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and conducts outreach education programs in public schools across Virginia. Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., and Senat

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Daniel & Company To Construct Outdoor Exhibit Areas For American Revolution Museum At Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 5, 2016 – Daniel & Company, Inc., a Richmond firm with broad experience in historic renovation and museum projects, will serve as general contractor for construction of outdoor exhibit and visitor amenity areas for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center.  The $2,859,000 contract was awarded by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation,

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‘Jamestown Day’ Marks 409th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 26, 2016 — On Saturday, May 14, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 409th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement. “Jamestown Day” features Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sai

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Registration Underway for Summer Youth Programs at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 13, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center will present a full menu of history programs this summer for young people age 4 through eighth grade. Registration begins April 30 for an array of Broadside history camps in June and July and is underway for the School of the Musketeer in July and The Museum’s Apprentice in August. [caption id="attachment_18415

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Fifty Young People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in April 9 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 28, 2016 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens and those adopted by American citizens will be held on Saturday, April 9, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in partnership w

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Choose From Variety of Options for Experiencing Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 3, 2016 – From a weekend getaway to a weeklong vacation, from fun-filled activities to immersive learning experiences, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center fit easily into any Greater Williamsburg itinerary. Options for exploring the two living-history museums include private tours, joint tickets with other area attractions, and vacation packages that inclu

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Presents Centuries of Military History in One Weekend

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 29, 2016 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the first century A.D. to modern times will come together on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, for Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event. This chronological display of military history, held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984, will feature 35 groups based in Virginia, Mary

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2016 at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center Offers Four Seasons of Fun Programs, Events & Exhibits

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – In 2016, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums will offer special programs across four seasons to enrich the story of America’s 17th- and 18th-century beginnings. Special events, exhibits and interpretive programs expand on the stories of the past that unfold daily at the two state-operated museums through indoor films and exhibits and outdo

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Concluding Month of Jamestown Settlement’s ‘Botanical Virginia’ Exhibit Comes With Lecture, Workshop

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2016 – A February 2 lecture and February 25 workshop are scheduled during the final month of the Jamestown Settlement exhibit “Clayton & Catesby: Botanical Virginia,” which continues through February 28. The exhibit explores documentation of native plants by naturalist Mark Catesby and botanist John Clayton in the 18th century and the Flora of Virginia Project in

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Jamestown Settlement Features African-American Folk Tales and Songs February 13 as Part of Black History Month

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 20, 2016 – Storytelling and musical performances highlight “African-American Imprint” on Saturday, February 13, at Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia. This family friendly Black History Month event features storyteller Sheila Arnold Jones, music by Legacy of Weyanoke and the Charles City Spiritual Ensemble, an African mask craft act

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Record Visitation, Revenue Increases in 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 12, 2016 – Paid visitation at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 548,341 in 2015, a slight increase of 0.3 percent from 2014. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,283,684 in 2015, up 5.1 percent. Paid attendance was 393,707 at Jamestown Settlement, even with 2014. At

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$150,000 Challenge Grant From the Cabell Foundation Supports American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Outdoor Living-History Areas

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 5, 2016 – The Cabell Foundation of Richmond has pledged a $150,000 challenge grant in support of outdoor living-history areas at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, planned to open by late 2016. A new Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm are under construction adjacent to the 80,000-square-foot museum building that opened in March 2015, representin

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