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American Indian Heritage Celebration

October 10 & 11
at Jamestown Settlement

Join in a two-day celebration of American Indian history and culture with demonstrations, music, performances, storytelling and children’s activities, including:

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Children learn about games played by the Powhatan Indians during live demonstrations and discussions, and receive pre-packaged craft projects with instructions to take home and complete (while supplies last).

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Storytelling from Grace Ostrum of the Accohannock shares an assortment of stories from various Indian nations from across America.

10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Quillwork presentations educate about this uniquely American art form that long predates European contact, covering the history, regional differences, techniques and how quillwork is created.

11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Flute performances share the sounds of the American Indian flute performed by Emerson Begay of the Diné.

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Powwow singing with Lowery Begay of the Diné demonstrates the different styles, types of songs and translation of lyrics at traditional powwow events. At the 11:30 a.m. presentation, visitors can view a special American Indian hoop dance.

12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Aztec Dancers perform as visitors experience and learn about the music, dances and regalia of the Aztec people of Mexico.

Event activities incorporate new protective protocols and social-distancing procedures to ensure a safe environment for visitors at Jamestown Settlement.


Image courtesy of Visit Williamsburg.

Outdoor Living History  •  10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Outdoor living-history areas bring the 17th century to life in re-creations of 1607 ships, colonial fort and a Paspahegh town – based on archaeological findings at a site once inhabited by Paspahegh Indians, the Powhatan tribal group closest to Jamestown, and descriptions recorded by English colonists. In a wooded setting of reed-covered houses, crops and a ceremonial circle of carved wooden posts, engage in the Powhatan way of life as historical interpreters discuss and demonstrate how they grew and prepared food, made tools and wove natural fibers into cordage, and learn how Virginia Indians of the past connect with those of present day.


Indoor Gallery Exhibits & Films  •  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Indoor permanent galleries feature artifact-filled exhibits, immersive experiences and innovative films that explore the convergence of Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures in early Virginia and their lasting legacies on America today. Explore Virginia Indian history and culture in new exhibits that use period objects to examine the myths and realities associated with the life of Pocahontas, incorporate historical research and archeological findings on Werowocomoco (capital of Powhatan, leader of 30-some tribes in coastal Virginia) and share the story of Cockacoeske (recognized as “Queen of the Pamunkey” by the colonial government) as her role in “Bacon’s Rebellion” unfolds onscreen in a 4D experiential theater.


Jamestown SettlementAbout Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown Settlement, administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, features world-class exhibitions, immersive galleries and films, and living-history experiences in re-creations of a Paspahegh town, three 1607 ships and a 1610-14 fort. The museum connects visitors with stories of the Powhatan, English and west central African cultures that converged at 17th-century Jamestown. The Jamestown Settlement Café, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, will feature special menu items throughout the two-day American Indian Heritage Celebration, including a new black bean and sweet corn soup, buffalo chili, peanut soup, cornbread and fry bread. Access to “American Indian Heritage Celebration” is included with museum admission: $17.50 for adults, $8.25 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Parking is free. Event activities incorporate new protective protocols and social-distancing procedures to ensure a safe environment for visitors at Jamestown Settlement.

The “American Indian Heritage Celebration” is supported in part by the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, James City County and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund.