WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 21, 2017 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will present an American Indian Intertribal Powwow on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, featuring song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and children’s activities.
Activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. include:
Powwow Singing & Dancing – A Grand Entry with a parade of dancers will take place at 12:30 p.m. each day in a dance circle on the museum mall, followed by an afternoon of singing and dancing until 4:30 p.m. The event will feature David White Buffalo as emcee and Clark Stewart as arena director. The head dancer will be Louis Campbell. Singers and drummers include Zotigh Singers of the Kiowa, from Oklahoma; Thunder Voices of the Tuscarora, from North Carolina; White Buffalo of South Dakota; and Yapatoko of Virginia.
Flute Music – Enjoy performances by Diné flute player Emerson Begay.
Storytelling – Grace Ostrum of the Accohannock will present American Indian stories each day.
Children’s Activities – Children and families will have the opportunity to make and design their own American Indian rattles.
‘Pocahontas Imagined’ Special Exhibition – Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, the special exhibition, on display through January 28, 2018, illuminates the Powhatan Indian woman’s enduring legacy 400 years after her death as well as her impression on popular culture and art.
Basket Workshops – Powhatan Indians in the 17th century made baskets of bark, grasses and vines to carry items harvested on land and from waterways. Visitors can pre-register for a two-hour workshop at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. October 7 and 8 to discover the process of making twined baskets and take it home. Workshops are $20 per person and limited to 15 participants.
About Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown Settlement features an introductory film, expansive exhibition galleries that chronicle the nation’s 17th-century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures, and historical interpretation at outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, and a colonial fort.
The event is included with admission: $17.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 6-12, and children under 6 are free. Tickets and basket workshop registration are available at https://jyfemail.jyf.virginia.gov/eStore. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency. Dancers participating in the “American Indian Intertribal Powwow” event receive free admission.
Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road). For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit https://jyfmuseums.org/jamestown-settlement/powwow/.