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These flutes were made by Ken Custalow, a skilled wood craftsman and member of the Mattaponi tribe. Various types of wood were used, including red cedar, black walnut, and apple.

Ken noted that he could tune a flute to the desired pitch but…

Kenneth Custalow demonstrates how to play a flute he made, at this home on the Mattaponi Reservation, in 2006.


Archer Kenneth Custalow Sr. was an active member of the Mattaponi tribe throughout his life. He was a skilled wood carver who made Native flutes from various types of wood. He also carved other items, which he enjoyed giving to family members.


These beaded neck pieces were created by Christine Custalow, a Mattaponi potter and bead worker. The bolos are worn by men, as is the beaded necktie on the right.


Christine Custalow is a Mattaponi woman known for her pottery and her beadwork. She lives on the Mattaponi Reservation in King William County.

Mildred Moore is a well-known Pamunkey potter who has demonstrated her work in numerous venues across Virginia and beyond. Here she is shown with one of her blackware pots.

Mildred Moore, a Pamunkey potter, is well known for her blackware and for pictograph bowls and plates such as the one shown here. The pictographs tell a story that can be interpreted with an accompanying key.

Mildred has demonstrated her pottery…

This image features Carilyn Sue Branham Elliott, displaying a beaded belt she made using the applique technique.


Carilynn Sue Branham Elliott is a Monacan bead worker who is active in tribal affairs. She is a sister of the former chief, Kenneth Branham. Here she shows neckwear she created--two necklaces and a bolo tie.


In this photograph, Pam Talbott begins work on a beaded piece for dance regalia.