Karenne Wood speaking at the NASA Langley Research Center. Photo courtesy David C. Bowman.
Karenne Wood at VCU
Stone, Bone, and Clay: Virginia Indians' History of 18,000 Years
Dr. Karenne Wood, a member of the Monacan Indian Nation and director of Virginia Humanities’ Virginia Indian Programs examines the deep history of the American Indian presence in Virginia and considers how our understanding of that history has been influenced by museums, historians and popular media and changed by archaeological discoveries. This talk is presented […]
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Foundations of the Appalachian Trail as Sacred Landscape
Colonial Demons and Holy Mountains
During the 1960s, academic critique of Christianity presented the Puritans and other American colonists as antagonistic to wilderness. Recent scholarship has, in contrast, described the Appalachian Trail corridor as a pilgrimage route. Virginia Humanities Fellow Susan Bratton, a religious and environmental studies professor at Baylor University, argues that multiple religions have portrayed the Appalachian peaks […]
Woodland Union Church Cemetery. Photo courtesy Alison Bell
Front Porches of the Dead
VFH Residential Fellow Alison Bell teaches anthropology at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Bell has been studying cemeteries in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and says that in the 1980s a shift started happening in these spaces where the living and the dead come together.
Bell recently sat down with Trey Mitchell, director of web communications at VFH, to discuss her work.
Photo by Pat Jarrett/VA Folklife Program
2018 Richmond Folk Fest
The Richmond Folk Festival features more than thirty performing groups on seven live music stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, and more. The FREE three-day festival is expected to be one of the largest events in Virginia, drawing visitors from across the […]
Karenne Wood gives a blessing in the Monacan language in front of the Rotunda during the UVA bicentennial celebration. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
Indigenous Peoples Day at Kluge-Ruhe Museum
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with Virginia Humanities and the Kluge-Rhue Aboriginal Art Museum! Dr. Karenne Wood, director of Virginia Humanities’ Virginia Indian Programs, will give a presentation titled Stone, Bone, and Clay: Virginia Indians’ History of 18,000 Years followed by a performance by Monacan tribal dancers. Refreshments will be served. Dr. Karenne Wood, a member of the […]
On the Beat: Local Journalism, Truth, and Democracy
Regional journalists and authors Monica Hesse (The Washington Post) and Beth Macy (The Roanoke Times) join Pulitzer Prize recipient Eric Eyre (Charleston Gazette-Mail) in a discussion of important issues impacting communities nationwide—including the opioids crisis and the effects of economic decline on rural communities—and the vital role of local journalism to an informed citizenry. Community questions follow the panel discussion, moderated by […]
American Experience: Chinese Exclusion Act
WCVE is hosting a special screening of the PBS American Experience documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act with a panel discussion and reception afterwards. The event is free but registration is required. Doors open at 1:30 and event ends at 4:30 pm. This event is supported in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities. Panelists Moderator Scott Tong–author […]
Prio Bangla Multicultural Street Festival
The Prio Bangla (a Non- Profit Organization) with support from Arlington County and recognized by the Virginia Governor is hosting the 7th annual Multicultural Street Festival in Arlington, Virginia. This event attracts huge crowds from all walks of life. American citizens with diverse backgrounds from all over the world will be represented, including Mexico, Spain, […]
What happens when we stand up for what we think is right? A new podcast explores dissent in America.
Today (Monday Sept. 17) is Constitution Day, and to honor the occasion we’re launching a new podcast series from With Good Reason and James Madison’s Montpelier called American Dissent. Hosted by Kelley Libby, the series is about “We the People, pushing back, in the pursuit of a better America.” American Dissent aims to educate and […]