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Jamestown Settlement to Hold Special Programming for 415th Anniversary, Honor Enduring Virginia Indian Traditions

Jamestown Settlement will present a day of programs on Saturday, May 14 to commemorate the 1607 founding of Jamestown and honor Virginia Indian traditions. (Courtesy of Jamestown Yorktown Foundation)

JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Settlement will present a full day of interpretive programs and live demonstrations on Saturday, May 14 to commemorate the 1607 founding of Jamestown.

The event will also honor the enduring legacies and traditions of Virginia Indians.

Special events will include Jamestown Day, which will feature military salutes and maritime demonstrations.

An artillery salute at 10 a.m. will signal the departure of the Discovery, the smallest of the three re-created ships that brought English colonists to Jamestown in 1607. The Discovery will show sailing maneuvers in the James River, weather permitting.

Visitors can also board the Susan Constant for a special program on celestial navigation.

There will also be programs on English and Powhatan comparative weaponry, matchlock musket firing, blacksmithing and period cooking in the museum’s re-creations of a colonial fort and Paspahegh town.

Jamestown Settlement will also host Indigenous Arts Day to “celebrate the culture’s enduring legacies with traditional and contemporary art forms by Indigenous artists,” including outdoor music and dance performances, according to a May 9 release from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Clark Stewart of the Chickahominy Native American tribe will emcee performances on Jamestown Settlement’s mall, where Indigenous artists and craftspeople will display and demonstrate their work throughout the day. Some of the work will be available for purchase.

Performances will include Red Crooked Sky American Indian Dance Troupe with Stoney Creek Singers on drum, along with Nottaway flutist Nathan Elliott, Lakota storyteller Felicity Meza-Luna, and musicians playing traditional Woodland Indian instruments.

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