Re(-)Presenting Our History: Virginia Indians Today and Yesterday

On Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m., Many Voices, One Community: The Community Dialogue on Race and Racism will host an evening with Karenne Wood, Director of Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the Legacy Museum of African American History, 403 Monroe Street in Lynchburg.  The program, entitled Re(-)Presenting Our History: Virginia Indians Today And Yesterday, will be given in recognition of Native American Heritage Month and Central Virginia’s Monacan people and heritage.

Ms. Wood, an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation, will examine the history of American Indian peoples in the area now known as Virginia, the cultures they developed, the ways in which they reacted to the arrival of Europeans, and their subsequent experiences as continuing tribal communities. In her remarks, she will address ways in which western anthropological ideas and language have marginalized indigenous peoples and how Americans have come to view American Indians as people of the past. 

The audience will be invited to join the discussion which is intended to open a dialogue between traditionally held views on American history and the perceptions of Virginia Indians.

The program is free and open to the public. For information, call Leslie King at 455-4212 or the Legacy Museum at 845-3455.

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