Browse Exhibits tagged "Monacan" (2 total)
Native peoples have lived in this land we know as Virginia for thousands of years. Despite hardships brought about by the loss of their land, language, and civil rights, many Virginia tribes persisted and their members have continued to contribute to the Commonwealth through agriculture, land stewardship, teaching, military and civic service, the arts, and other avenues.
In recognition of their lasting legacy and significance, as well as to ensure that the rich and inspiring stories of our Native peoples will endure, the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission was established with the purpose of erecting a permanent monument on Capitol Square in Richmond.
This exhibit revolves around a series of interviews conducted in 2006 with various Virginia Indian artists and performers, most of whom later participated in the Smithsonian Museum's National Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, in 2007.
Among the Virginia Indian tribes, several traditional cultural forms are still practiced, and new traditions have developed as well. A few artists make their living solely from their art; generally speaking, however, these practices are a part-time endeavor. Tribal artists are involved in beadwork, leather crafting, wood carving, pottery, and basket weaving. Tribal dancing has continued as a tradition, and the Virginia Indians practice not only their own traditional dances, such as the Green Corn Dance and the Canoe Dance, but they also participate in intertribal contemporary powwow dancing as well.
Small, polished marine shells configured in the shape of discs, animals (probably a deer and a cougar), and a human figure are sewn onto this seventeenth-century Virginia Indian cloak. The artifact, in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, was described in a 1656 catalogue as being "Pohatan (sic), King ofVirginia'shabit all embroidered with shells, or Roanoke." Whether this…