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October 24, 2012

Historic Jamestowne Commemorates American Indian Heritage Month in November

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 also are admitted free. For further information, call (757) 229-4997 or visit
These programs are presented jointly by Historic Jamestowne 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.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281