Turkey Feather Mantle at Jamestown Settlement

Weaving oral traditions into museum interpretation

Jamestown Settlement historical interpreter Roger Ballance discusses the process of making a turkey feather mantle in the museum’s re-created Paspahegh Town and the significance of a lost-technique being passed down through cultural traditions and oral history. View a turkey-feather mantle hand-woven in the 1930s by Mollie Adams, a leading member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, featured in the “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience” special exhibition on display through March 25, 2022.