Paleo-Indian site guardians Chris and René White with the Native American Church of Virginia, presented scientific data collected over five years of research to 26 people at historic Bears Den hosted by the Bluemont Civic Organization Tuesday, Oct. 14. Chris and René also showed hands on samples of artifacts and offered heritage t-shirts featuring local artist Abigail Beavin.
A partnership between the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy and the Native American Church of Virginia seems like a natural fit, thanks to the Foundation of the State Arboretum (FOSA) Volunteer and Events CoordinatorKoy Mislowsky. Koy invited a small group of Native American elders to Blandy for an initial meeting on Thursday Oct.16. Notes following the two and half hour meeting revealed new possibilities for increasing understanding of the natural environment through education and culture for all people. "What a wonderful gathering," Koy said describing the conversations. "I am sitting at my desk reviewing all that we spoke of and I am amazed at your knowledge and expertise. So happy we have found each other!" Koy initiated contact with Chris and Rene' White of the Native American Church of Virginia following a local Winchester Star article. While more talks and planning is needed,
_initial impressions look positive for new ways to share Native American heritage while bringing all people, students, visitors and the community into one hoop at Blandy. The Arboretum occupies 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm and contains over 5000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world. Click here for FOSA membership information.
FOSA is a 501(c)(3), University of Virginia (UVA) -related foundation. FOSA has about 700 member units and in 2013,100 active volunteers amassed nearly 4,800 volunteer hours by helping in the gardens, at events, and in our gift shop under the arch. Partnering with the Native American Church of Virginia could mean increased education of Native American culture, lands and way of life.
Paleo-Indian site guardians, Chris and René White with the Native American Church of Virginia, gave six hours of various presentations to close to 100 people during the Clermont Farm Day event Sat., Oct. 11. Hosted by the Clermont Foundation and Clarke County Parks and Recreation, a reported 200+ people braved the cold and wet weather to attend the one-day festival and to celebrate the county's rich farm cultural and historical heritage. With October being Virginia Archeology Month, Clermont Farm Foundation CEO Bob Stieg invited the couple to be the featured archaeology speakers. Chris and René showed hands on samples of artifacts, presented scientific data collected over five years of research and offered heritage t-shirts featuring local artist Abigail Beavin, while Native American flutist Alan Stanz, of the local Native American flute circle, performed. The Clermont Farm Foundation funds and manages Clermont Farm, a 360-acre research and training site in history, historic preservation, and agriculture, owned by the Department of Historic Resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Next Paleo Presentation Tuesday, Oct. 14 7 -8 pm Bears Den Bluemont, Va.
People lived in Virginia for about 17,000 years before European contact. The native people had no written language. They recorded their historic events through storytelling and symbolic drawings. Through patient work in the field and in the lab, archaeologists have reconstructed some of the history and lifeways of these first people by uncovering buried clues of their unwritten past. The ancient times are divided into three periods: Paleoindian, Archaic, and Woodland. The years after the arrival of the English are referred to as "European Contact." For information about these periods, select The Book link to the right.
Note: The information here is taken from the bookFirst People: The Early Indians of Virginia, produced by the Department of Historic Resources, and published by the University Press of Virginia. In writing the book, the authors collaborated with the leaders of the eight recognized tribes in Virginia, to produce a comprehensive look at the history of the native peoples who first inhabited the land.
Bluemont, VA -- The Native American Church of Virginia offers ways to encourage and support the identification, stewardship, and use of Virginia's significant archaeological resources for educational and cultural benefits with preservation, protection and restoration of Paleo-Indian and Native American Indian sites and culture. Join us in October as we share evidence of an advanced, but different, intelligence left by a people more than 10,000 years ago here. Thanks to the Clermont Foundation, Blue Ridge Mountain Civic Association, Bears Den, Friends of Bluemont and Art in the Foothills for hosting us. Currently, we are participating in two presentations and one Art Show, all open to the public: Clermont Farm Day Sat., Oct. 11 Presentations and Exhibits 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 801 East Main Street Berryville, VA 22611
Bears Den Fri., Oct. 17 Presentations 7:00 - 8:00 pm 18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Rd Bluemont, VA 20135
International Archaeology Day
Sat., Oct. 18, 2014 is International Archaeology Day for the Archaeology Institute of America
Art in the Foothills Oct. 24-26 Art Show 10:00 am – 5:00 pm The Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness 18370 Bluemont Village Lane Bluemont, VA 20135
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