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October 28, 2013

Historic Jamestowne Commemorates American Indian Heritage Month

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Historic Jamestowne guests explore the material culture and historical life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians with members of Pocahontas’ descendant communities during American Indian Heritage Month from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The Indigenous Chesapeake: Past & Present, a day-long event, is the first in a series of public programs highlighting the World of Pocahontas, a special year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe.

Historical interpreters will examine the Powhatan peoples’ 17th-century politics and early relationships with the colonists of James Fort. Tatacoope, one of Powhatan’s sons, and Opachisco, an uncle of Pocahontas, will be on site alongside Englishman Capt. Edward Brewster.

Patawomeck Chief Emeritus Robert Green will discuss English visits to the Potomac River and examine Pocahontas’ 1613 capture from the village of Passapatanzy. Visitors can learn about Patawomeck riverine culture and see canoes and tools of the Chesapeake’s original watermen on display.

Interpreter Melanie Wright and members of the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation will present demonstrations on Algonquian cooking and foodways. Throughout the day, Daniel Abbott, a Nanticoke descendant from the Eastern Shore, will provide demonstrations of tool making and weaponry, and describe Algonquian uses of local flora and fauna. Abbott is an educator, researcher and artisan focused on study of the indigenous peoples of the mid-Atlantic.

This program is presented jointly with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in collaboration with the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation.

The event is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. Admission, which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield, is $14 per adult. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Youngsters under age 16 receive free admission to Historic Jamestowne. For more information, telephone (757) 229-4497 or visit

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Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
Guests to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. Guests can also enjoy lunch or a snack by the James River at the Dale House Café.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281