Posts Tagged ‘native americans’
June 4, 2012
March 20, 2012
Runaway slave Elizabeth found freedom, family, and equality when she was adopted into the Shawnee tribe. After ten years, she returned to slavery. Hope Smith shares the heartbreaking story behind this selfless act.
January 24, 2011
in What's New
September 30, 2010
Learn the remarkable story of Captain Tom Step, a Nottoway Indian who made a career as an emissary between the world he knew and the one the white man was creating in his native home.
September 23, 2010
Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee re-enact an 18th-century “state visit” to the colonial capital as a tribal delegation portrays a Native American presence from the time period Saturday – Sunday, Sept. 25-26 for modern guests of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.
Guests may visit the Magazine yard “at the Camp of the Cherokee” to learn more about Cherokee diplomacy and culture during the colonial period. During Williamsburg’s 18th-century time as capital of Britain’s largest and wealthiest North American colony, Cherokee delegations traveled to Williamsburg regularly where they were honored and regarded as official envoys of sovereign nations to discuss trade and alliances.
A 1751 newspaper account reported “…they met in the evening at the Camp of the Cherokees; where making a large Fire, they danced round it, and concluded the Evening with Harmony and Chearfulness.”
Guests are encouraged to spend time “at the Camp of the Cherokee” 9:30 a.m. — noon and 2 — 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. Sunday. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor pass is required.
July 7, 2010
“What we didn’t learn was the fact that the American colonists that came here from the beginning were invading Indian soils and driving the Indians out of their land and committing massacres. The story that is not told in most American textbooks is the deceptions that were played on the Indians, the treaties that were made with them, the treaties that were then broken by the American government. It’s important to know that.”
Read more in the journal Colonial Williamsburg.
View a slideshow of images from this story.