Indigenous Peoples Day at Kluge-Ruhe Museum

Culture & Identity  •  Virginia Indians

Karenne Wood gives a blessing in the Monacan language in front of the Rotunda during the UVA bicentennial celebration. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
Karenne Wood gives a blessing in the Monacan language in front of the Rotunda during the UVA bicentennial celebration. Photo by Pat Jarrett.

Lane Auditorium, Albemarle County Office Building

401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA
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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 Monacan Indian Nation and an anthropologist, examines the deep history of American Indian presence in what we now call Virginia and considers how our understanding of that history has changed with archaeological discoveries. She also analyzes the ways in which that story has been presented and how Native people have come to be seen as people of the past through the interpretations of museums and historians, policy makers and popular media. She considers these issues from a Native perspective and offers ideas intended to expand the story we tell about Virginia’s first people. Following Karenne’s presentation, we will experience Monacan Tribal Dancers.

This event is co-sponsored by Kluge-Ruhe, The Charlottesville Clergy Collective, Virginia Humanities, and the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights.

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