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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.

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Virginia Indians perform a traditional Welcome Dance for Queen Elizabeth II of England at her visit to the State Capitol in Richmond, 2007.

Webster "Little Eagle" Custalow, chief of the Mattaponi Indians (left), and Norman "Chief Evening Star" Custalowdance at a Thanksgiving celebration outside the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. Virginia governor Charles S. "Chuck" Robb, Chief…

Virginia governor Gerald L. Baliles presents framed photographs to Chief William Miles (Pamunkey) and Chief Webster Custalow (Mattaponi) at a Thanksgiving ceremony outside in the Executive Mansion in Richmond. A group of Native Americans in…

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An unidentified Mattaponi boy and two girls pose for the photographer James Mooney in 1900. Mooney (1861–1921) was an Indiana native who worked for the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology compiling information about American…

Profile of Mattapony man. Mixed blood 1900.jpg
A Mattaponi man, identified only as being of mixed ancestry, poses in profile for the photographer James Mooney on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation in King William County sometime in 1900. Mooney (1861–1921) was an Indiana native who worked for…

Two members of the Mattaponi Tribe present a gift to Virginia governor Mills E. Godwin Jr. (center) on the steps of the State Capitol in Richmond on November 24, 1976. A man at left holds a long stick with fish and quail tied to it, while at right a…
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