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'Bartering for a Continent' Fall Lecture Series

The theme of Jamestown Settlement’s “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America” special exhibition is reflected in a trio of lectures to be presented at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, September 15, 22 and 29, in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater.

Bartering for a ContinentThe exhibition, which opened June 4 and continues through December 10, explores the story 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. Artifacts from private and public collections are on exhibit, including 17th- and 18th-century firearms typical of those used in the fur trade during 1650-1800, peace medals used in diplomatic relations, and English trade beads, tools and household items traded for animal pelts.

September 15: “Before & After – The Effect on Indian Trade of the Arrival of the English”

Terry Bond, a historical interpreter at Jamestown Settlement, will discuss the evolution of trade among American Indian tribes, from local products in the early 17th century to mostly European goods by the end of the century, and the impact on intertribal relationships.

September 22: In “Scarlet Cloth and Tinsel Lace: The Political and Cultural Significance of Chiefs’ Coats”

Mark Hutter, a journeyman tailor and supervisor in the Colonial Williamsburg Department of Historic Trades and Skills, will explore the use and meaning of “chiefs’ coats” during political negotiations between colonial governments and American Indians throughout the 18th century.

September 29: “What Do I Get for a Buck? – The Social and Economic Value of Trade in the 17th Century”

Jamestown Settlement historical interpreters Carol Wiers and Vincent Petty will examine how the value of objects and labor was determined in Anglo-Indian exchanges.

Basket Workshops

In addition, visitors can pre-register for a two-hour basket workshop at 12:30 p.m. on September 15, 22 and 29 to discover the process of making twined baskets and take it home. Workshops are $20 per person in addition to museum admission and limited to 15 participants.

Admission & Reservations

Lectures are included with admission to Jamestown Settlement: $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6 through 12. Advance reservations are recommended by calling (757) 253-4572 or emailing rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.