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Historic Jamestowne Commemorates American Indian Heritage Month in November

Programs Highlight the Life and Culture of the Indigenous Chesapeake

October 24, 2012

Daniel Abbott, a Nanticoke descendant
As part of American Indian Heritage Month in November, Daniel Abbott, a Nanticoke descendant from the Eastern Shore, provides daylong demonstrations on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Historic Jamestowne.
In commemoration of American Indian Heritage Month in November, guests explore the material culture and life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians during the program, “The Life and Culture of the Indigenous Chesapeake,” from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Historic Jamestowne.

Throughout the day, Daniel Abbott, a Nanticoke descendant from the Eastern Shore, provides demonstrations and discussions of tool making, domestic skills, and native plants and flowers. Abbott is an educator, researcher and artisan focused on study of the indigenous peoples of the mid-Atlantic.

Melanie Hagan, a veteran interpreter of the Algonquian Chesapeake, sets the stage with a historical perspective of Virginia’s earliest female inhabitants at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium during the daylong event. She will share her perspectives on the daily life of women related to their work, relationships and perspectives of the worlds in which they lived.

At 2 p.m., visitors are invited to attend “Pocahontas and the Powhatan Nation,” a family-friendly program that explores the culture of the Powhatan and the various roles played by women, men and children in their society through the use of hands-on reproductions. This program is presented by the staff of the Virginia Historical Society.

Admission to Historic Jamestowne is $10 per adult (which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Children under age 16 are admitted free. America the Beautiful National Park passes are accepted. Preservation Virginia members are also admitted free. For further information, call (757) 229-4997 or 898-2410 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org.

These programs are presented jointly by Preservation Virginia, the National Park Service, and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Historic Jamestowne is located at 1368 Colonial Parkway on Jamestown Island, seven miles west of Williamsburg. It can be reached via the Colonial Parkway or VA State Route 31.

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.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia's Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour's drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg's website at www.history.org.

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