The Chickahominy tribe were the original inhabitants of Virginia but were forced off their land by the settlers. Even when they were later given land to occupy they were then forced off of that too due to the whites needing more land. They moved further south and managed to settle, and even though their lives were dramatically altered by the settlers and they were treated unfairly, they remain a gracious tribe who now welcome all to learn about their history and take part in their pow wows. This event was their 62nd pow wow and they announced a larger number of folks attending than in previous years.
They started the event with a welcome dance, I uploaded a video here.
click here, but none were to be found, but there were many different head decorations.
click here for a really interesting article on their headdresses.
A short video is here.
Unfortunately I never got to sample any of the Indian food which I had been told was delicious, I was simply too stuffed still from breakfast, but I did have a stroll around the many vendors at the back of the field. Some were genuine artisans, selling beautiful hand worked goods but there were a few whose goods looked mass produced. I managed to get a beautiful quiver for my arrows, made of horsehide and decorated with buffalo horn, hawk feathers and beads.
The day went quickly and I was sad to leave, the atmosphere had mellowed me out so all I really wanted to do was stay amongst these friendly natives, watching and listening to their performances in a timeless world. But I had to return to the 21st century and the stress and bustle. I'd quickly seen that these people had a quiet almost reverent way about them. All treated each other in a gentle respectful way and it was obvious that they were peaceful and very unified. I'll be looking out for the next pow wow so I can return to that world again.