Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rappahannock Tribe Regains Land at Fones Cliffs

  JUN 19, 2017

The Warners hands Rappahannock Tribe Chief Anne 
Richardson a piece of Fones Cliffs as a symbol of the 
property they have been given. ~ CREDIT PAMELA D'ANGELOA 
You've likely have heard the story of Captain John Smith's famous encounter with the Rappahannock Tribe. While exploring the Rappahannock River, the tribe shot arrows at them from Fones Cliffs.

Over the weekend, tribal descendants were given back a piece of ancestral property just behind those cliffs.

When the Chesapeake Conservancy approached former Senator John Warner and his daughter Virginia about purchasing just under an acre of property for the tribe, they didn't hesitate.


"It's a magical place and nothing like it anywhere else in American in terms of its history and confluence of natural wildlife."

"It's perfectly fitting for the Rappahannock Tribe to have back their little piece of land, after so long."

Chief of the Rappahannock Tribe Anne Richardson has big plans for this tiny piece of pristine land.

"To be able to take our children back to the river and return those ancient traditions and knowledge to them, even canoeing. The medicinals that come off of the river, the foods that come off of the river that sustained our people here for thousands of years."

 
Members of the tribe's drum group called "Maskapow" 
which means "Worst of Enemies" in tribal language of 
Algonquin. (In the photo clockwise starting at the bottom 
left: Cochise Fortune, Matt Larson, Chad Fortune, 
Mark Fortune, Reese Fortune, and Jacob Fortune-Deuber.) 
 ~ CREDIT PAMELA D'ANGELO
Owning the property not only give access to the river, it gives voice to the tribe locally. Assistant Chief Mark Fortune says members have attended meetings about a controversial plan for a large development on Fones Cliffs.
"We've got a long road ahead because we don't know exactly what kind of development they're doing. We'll just have to wait and see how that turns out. But when those meetings come up we'll be there."
 
The land also symbolizes reconciliation for the tribe with relatives of colonists whose descendants live nearby. And it's a way to reach out to the community. 
" It's not just for our people. We want to teach other people about the river and wildlife also. It's not just about our people, it's about everyone."

The tribe is already making plans to build a lodge and a place to keep their canoes.
This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.

Read the Entire Article Here
   

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Rappahannock Tribe announces the event Return to the River (partnering with the Richmond Ballet)

Return to the River
Minds in Motion Culminating Performance 2017
by the Richmond Ballet in partnership with the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia
  
April 26th, 27th and 28th at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM
   
The Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center
   
June 1st at 7:00 PM and June 2nd at 10:15 AM
  
Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center
  

  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2013 Rappahannock Tribal Announcement

Once again the Rappahannock Tribe announces that they are taking a “hiatus” from their normally scheduled annual Pow Wow this year.
We would like to thank those of you who have supported our Pow Wow for the past 14 years, and we look forward to being with you again next year at our regular scheduled time, on October 11th, 2014.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

2012 Rappahannock Tribal Announcement

The Rappahannock Tribe announces that they are taking a “hiatus” from their normally scheduled annual Pow Wow this year.

We are concentrating this year on working with our youth, preparing them to transition into their future responsibilities. 

We would like to thank those of you who have supported our Pow Wow for the past 13 years, and we look forward to being with you again next year at our regular scheduled time, on October 12th, 2013.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The 2011 Rappahannock Tribal POW-WOW


The Rappahannock Tribe presents their 13th Annual American Indian POW-WOW to be held on tribal land at 5036 Indian Neck Road, Indian Neck, VA  23148 (Route 623) in King and Queen County, VA

WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2011
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Grand Entry at Noon
FEATURING: Native dancing, crafts and food
History Orientation
Native village scene (Woodland)
Emcee:   TBA
Lead Male Dancer:  TBA
Lead Female Dancer:  TBA
Arena Director:  TBA
Host Drum:  TBA
Guest Drum:  TBA
ADMISSION: Adults...$5.00
12 and Under...$3.00
7 and Under...Free
RAIN DATE: TBA
INFORMATION:
If you have any questions or need additional information, call 804-769-0260 (day) or 804-769-4205 (evening)


All Natives interested in participating, please contact Judith Fortune at 804-769-4205 for dance and registration requirements.

Pre-registered & Invited Dancers ONLY



FAMILY EVENT: Bring the whole family for a day of dancing, history, and fun. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy the day! Please refrain from use of alcohol, drugs, and profanity.

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