Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with us! Dr. Karenne Wood will give a presentation titled Stone, Bone, and Clay: Virginia Indians’ History of 18,000 Years followed by Monacan tribal dancers. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Karenne Wood, a member of the Monacan Indian Nation and an anthropologist, will examine the deep history of American Indian presence in what we now call Virginia and considers how our understanding of that history has changed with archaeological discoveries. She also analyzes the ways in which that story has been presented and how Native people have come to be seen as people of the past through the interpretations of museums and historians, policy makers, and popular media. She considers these issues from a Native perspective and offers ideas intended to expand the story we tell about Virginia’s first people. Following Karenne’s presentation we will experience Monacan Tribal Dancers.

This event is part of a series of events that will explore the development, perpetuation, and legacy of white privilege in Virginia with regard to indigenous people and African Americans. Participants will hear little-known histories, build relationships and identify what needs to be transformed to bring about racial equity. Students and faculty are invited to participate in all of these events.

This event is co-sponsored by The Charlottesville Clergy Collective, the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights, Virginia Humanities and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA.