1619: Making of America Summit
The 1619 Making of America Summit will explore the 400-year journey of our founding cultures—Native, African, and English peoples, immigrant stories, and the contributions and influences that have shaped the building of America. The summit will highlight the three pillars of the commemoration: Diversity, Democracy, and Opportunity. At the foundation of this cross-cultural event will […]
Karenne Wood - Photo by Jessica Elmendorf
Remembering Karenne Wood
May 31, 1960 - July 21, 2019
With great sadness we share with you news that Karenne Wood, director of our Virginia Indian Programs, former Board member, and dear friend passed away Sunday morning. We were blessed to have Karenne for more than a decade as a part of our organization. We encountered her first in association with the Monacan tribe through […]
Greg Smithers - Photo by Pierre Courtois, Library of Virginia
The Cherokees, Their Neighbors, and the Rivers that Made America
Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Greg Smithers, a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, for a talk about the research he conducted for a project entitled “The Riverkeepers: The Cherokees, Their Neighbors, and the Rivers that Made America.” The book is a biography of aquatic places that Cherokee people and their indigenous neighbors believed […]
"The Chimneys" as seen from the Appalachian Trail. Photo copyright Susan Bratton, 2018.
Stories of the Peaks
Interview with Susan Bratton
Susan Bratton is Professor of Environmental Studies and a Fellow of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. This fall, Bratton is a Virginia Humanities Resident Fellow studying Native and early colonial religious beliefs about the Appalachian Trail and the surrounding landscape. On November 6, at the beginning of National […]
Exploring Indigenous Foodways
What did food sovereignty look like in Virginia prior to the arrival of Europeans?
What did food sovereignty look like in Virginia prior to the arrival of Europeans? Why have Native American foodways changed so dramatically? And how are Indigenous communities building healthy, just, food systems today? In October, our Food & Community project set out to explore these questions through a series of workshops with leaders in Indigenous […]
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 […]
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 […]
Photo by Robert Llewellyn
Indigenous Lunch – Symposium on Food Sovereignty
Virginia Humanities’ Food & Community project and Virginia Indian Programs are collaborating with the University of Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force on a two-day Bicentennial Symposium event, Our Evolving Food System: from Slavery to Sovereignty. This public, free symposium will take place at the University of Virginia (UVA) October 17-18 2018, featuring an Indigenous lunch sponsored […]
African, Native American & European Foods Come Together
at Film Discussion in Danville on September 18th
Danville, Va. – Filmmaker Jamie S. Ross will show clips from her latest film, At the Common Table, at the Danville Public Library on Tuesday September 18, 2018. The screening and discussion are the last in a series produced by History United, a program of Virginia Humanities, called Our Civil Rights: A Common Table. The […]
Photo by Robert Llewellyn
Free Lunch Exploring Native Foodways
To Be Served at UVA Symposium on Food Sovereignty
Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia Humanities’ Food & Community project and Virginia Indian Programs are collaborating with the University of Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force on a two-day Bicentennial Symposium event, Our Evolving Food System: from Slavery to Sovereignty. This public, free symposium will take place at the University of Virginia (UVA) October 17-18 2018, featuring […]
L to R: Frank Adams (Upper Mattaponi), Gerald Stewart (Eastern Chickahominy), Wayne Adkins (Chickahominy), Frank Richardson (Rappahannock), Dean Branham (Monacan), Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine, Steve Adkins (Chickahominy), Lee Lockamy (Nansemond).
Recognizing Virginia Indians
Six Tribes Gain Federal Recognition
Six Virginia Indian tribes recently gained federal recognition, bringing to seven the number of Virginia Indian tribes acknowledged by the United States government. The recognition is the result of a bill, sponsored by House Representative Rob Wittman and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, that was signed into law in January. The newly recognized tribes […]
Karenne Wood speaks at the LVA Virginia Women in History honor ceremony. Photo Credit to Pierre Courtois from Library of Virginia
Stone, Bone & Clay: Virginia Indians Past and Present
Karenne Wood, director of the Virginia Indian Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, a member of the Monacan Indian Nation, and an anthropologist, will examine the deep history of American Indian presence in what we now call Virginia and consider how our understanding of that history has changed with archaeological discoveries. She will also […]