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S: The Indians of Virginia

BC: Written and photograghed by Sierra K. Sulc COPY RIGHTED!

FC: The Indians of Virgina | BySierra K. Sulc

1: The Eastern Woodland Indians came about 3,000 years ago and settled in villages. They were good farmer , they also hunted and gathered for food. They also traded and made things like the bow and arrow and pottery. There were lots of different tribes, they were different depending on their landscape.

2: There are three main language groups, Algonquian, the Siouan and the Iroquoian. The languages where not written down. Each of the tribes had similar languages to the other people in thier group. The names we call these groups are made by archaeologists to refer to similar tribes. There are many language groups in North America. Iroquoian Indians lived in opposite sides of Virginia. Algonquian lived in the Coastal Plain region and Siouan lived in the Piedmont region.

3: Indians are not only people of the past; there are still Indians here today in Virginia and other places. There are eight recognized tribes in the commonwealth (that’s Virginia). There are 4,000 tribal members in Virginia. In the past some Indian children left home at an early age to get better education in Oklahoma. Indians used traditions to pass things down like dancing, art, spiritual things, cooking and other tribal activities. The Mataponi tribe helps Virginia’s Shad industry and economy. Sadly because of the Racial Integrity act all the tribes’ records have been lost, but now they have been corrected. The Rappahanock tribes still do traditional dances. It is more clear now to whom Indians are because of there part in the government. Now because of that more Indian tribes are being recognized. | Indians are not just people of the past; they are people of the present and future too. The Mataponi tribe helps the Shad industry and economy. There are eight recognized tribes today in the commonwealth. {That’s VA} There are 4,000 tribal members in the commonwealth. In the past, some Indian children have left home at an early age to get a better education in Oklahoma. Tribal activities have been passed down, activities such as dancing, cooking, art, spiritual things and other tribal activities. Sadly, because of the Racial Integrity Act a lot of records of Indian tribes have been lost, but since then they have been corrected. The Rappahanock tribes still do traditional dances. Today, we know more about who the Indians are because of their part in the government. Now because of that more tribes are being recognized.

4: Cherokee Indians were skilled craftsmen; they used natural things to make stuff like jewelry and ornaments. They also believed in myths such as the Milky Way was made of flour. Music and dance were very important to the Cherokee’s religion. | The Algonquians lived in wigwams in the Northeastern America. The Algonquian children went with no clothes when it was warm.

5: The Powhatans farmed a type of corn called maize. They sometimes surrounded their villages with fences | Iroquoians were the first ones to play lacrosse. For the Indians there were no schools, so the Iroquoians learned from their elders

6: The government decides how much land the Indians get, so Indian reserves are getting smaller over the years. At one time there was 14,000-21,000 Indians made up the Powhatan chiefdom. Now only two tribal reservations are in Virginia. The two tribal reserves are close to Richmond. The Mattaponi reservation is only 150 acerds. It used to cover the coastal plain. The different tribal reservations are very different from each other. One fishes and the other farms. Powwows are religious ceremonies that have dancing, traditional music and traditional clothes. At powwows you can also buy goods, pet animals and watch the religious dance. They can earn money to support themselves this way.

7: about the author Sierra Sulc Age:9 Reason to write book: it was a school project. Comments: I hope you enjoy my book! < picture of me @ a play I did.

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