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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 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, including:

• Performances by the Aztec Dancers.

• Performances by Flute Player Emerson Begay of the Diné.

• American Indian Hoop Dance and Musical Performance by Lowery Begay of the Diné.

• American Indian Storytelling by Grace Ostrum of the Accohannock.

• Demonstrations of American Indian Quillwork.

• Children’s Crafts – pre-packaged for young visitors to take home following safety and social-distancing protocols. Supplies limited.


Outdoor Living History – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Outdoors, visitors can explore a life-size re-creation of a Powhatan Indian village, 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, historical interpreters discuss and demonstrate how the Powhatan culture grew and prepared food, processed animal hides, made tools and pottery, and wove natural fibers into cordage.


Museum Gallery Exhibits & Films

Jamestown Settlement gallery exhibits explore the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged in Virginia in the 1600s through artifact-filled cases, immersive settings and short films. Visitors can get a glimpse of life throughout the 17th century, including new research about Werowocomoco, capital of Powhatan, the powerful leader of 30-some Algonquian-speaking tribes in coastal Virginia. Exhibits also explore the culture of the Virginia Indians through the 17th century, as well as artifacts associated with Pocahontas and the myths and realities of her life. In the “Bacon’s Rebellion” experiential theater and in gallery exhibits, visitors can learn about Cockacoeske, who was recognized by the colonial government as the “Queen of the Pamunkey” and ruled until her death in 1686.


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 Powhatan Indian village, three 1607 ships and a 1610-14 fort. The museum connects visitors with the lives of the Powhatan, English and west central African cultures that converged at 17th-century Jamestown. Jamestown Settlement also features museum gift shops and a café, open daily during museum hours. Discover new ways to connect with the stories of our shared history with protective protocols and social-distancing procedures in place to ensure a safe environment for museum visitors to explore extensive indoor gallery exhibits and outdoor living-history areas at Jamestown Settlement.

This event is supported in part by the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, James City County and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund.