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Indigenous Arts Day

May 13, 2023 at Jamestown Settlement

Indigenous Arts Day dancing at Jamestown Settlement

Indigenous Arts Day will highlight cultural traditions and crafts, including dancing, music and pottery. Tracy Y. Roberts photo.

Indigenous Arts Day on Saturday, May 13 will celebrate the culture’s enduring legacies with traditional and contemporary art forms by Indigenous artists, including special outdoor performances of music and dance.

On Jamestown Settlement’s mall, a variety of Indigenous artists and craftspeople will display and demonstrate their work, some of which will be available for purchase during the event.

Indoor Gallery Exhibits & Outdoor Living History

Visitors can experience 17th-century Virginia Indian history and culture in Jamestown Settlement’s expansive permanent galleries featuring innovative films, interactives and exhibits that use period objects to examine the myths and realities associated with the life of Pocahontas, incorporate historical research and archeological findings on Werowocomoco (capital of Powhatan, leader of 30-some Algonquian-speaking tribes in coastal Virginia) and share the story of Cockacoeske (recognized as “Queen of the Pamunkey” by the colonial government) and her role in “Bacon’s Rebellion,” which unfolds in a 4D experiential theater.

Outdoors, visitors can explore a re-creation of Paspahegh Town, based on the archaeological findings at a nearby site along the James River once inhabited by Paspahegh Indians and descriptions and illustrations recorded by English colonists in the 17th century. View demonstrations of how the Powhatan people grew and prepared food, processed animal hides, made tools and pottery, scraped and shaped canoes, and wove natural fibers into cordage as historical interpreters share the rich cultural heritage of Virginia Indians from the 17th century to today.

Also on May 13, Jamestown Settlement visitors can take part in Jamestown Day, a special event marking the 416th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement with military salutes, maritime demonstrations and interpretive programs. All programs are included with admission.

Gourd painting at Indigenous Arts Day

About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. Gift shop and café open during museum hours. Parking is free.

Admission tickets can be purchased online or in person. Jamestown Settlement admission is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12. A combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.

Jamestown Settlement is administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.