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New exhibit on ‘Virginia Indian tribal communities’ opens at Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement recently debuted a new exhibit about Virginia Indian tribal communities. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Jamestown Settlement)

A local museum has partnered with Virginia Indian tribes for a new exhibit.

Jamestown Settlement’s ‘Focused: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience’ debuted on Feb. 4.

“The special exhibition will focus on the resiliency of the Virginia’s Indian population, from the passage and repeal of the Racial Integrity Act in 1924 to the contemporary efforts of 11 Virginia tribes to receive state and federal recognition,” according to the museum’s website. “The exhibition will highlight themes central to Virginia Indian daily life, including the establishment and maintenance of Virginia Indian reservations and tribal lands, education, fishing and hunting, and traditional crafts and cultural heritage.”

Attendees can also expect to see photograph collections from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, Frank Speck, an anthropologist from the 1910s to 1930s and Aubrey Bodine, a Baltimore Sun photographer in the 1940s and 1950s.

Portraits by contemporary American Indian photographers will be on display too.

The exhibit was originally scheduled to open on Jan. 29. You can check out a sneak peek of the exhibit below courtesy of Jamestown Settlement:

The ‘Focused: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience’ exhibit at Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road, runs from Feb. 4 to March 25, 2022.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the special exhibit is included with museum admission.

Residents of the Historic Triangle — including College of William & Mary students — get free admission to the museum with proof of residency.

Tickets cost $18 for adults, $9 for kids ages 6- to 12-years-old and children under 6-years-old are free. Parking is also free.

For more information, visit Jamestown Settlement’s website.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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