Monacan Voices: True History of First Contact & Paper the Genocide of Virginia Indians

Many people are still unaware of the true history of the Virginia tribes and the unknown stories regarding first contact at Jamestown in 1607. Please join us for a rare journey through poetry and conversation with the Monacan Nation of Virginia regarding the mysterious history of the birth of our nation and the paper genocide of Virginia Indians. Bear Mountain in Amherst County Virginia has been the home of the Monacan people for more than 10,000 years. The earliest written histories of Virginia record that in 1607, the James River Monacan, along with their Mannahoac allies on the  Rappahannock River, controlled the area between the Fall Line in Richmond and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The most western of Virginia's eight tribes, the Monacan Nation were the traditional enemies of the Powhatan Chiefdom, yet very little information is recorded in the history books regarding this remarkable culture. Monacan Chief Kenneth Branham and tribal members Karenne Wood and Sue Elliott sit down with Chickahominy tribal representative Powhatan Owen to share the history and culture of the invisible people; past present and future. Until now, this history has never been shared by the Virginia tribes

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