Jamestown Day – May 8, 2021 at Jamestown Settlement
Mark the 414th Anniversary of Jamestown’s 1607 Founding with Interpretive Programs and Indigenous Arts
Schedule of Events
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Explore Museum Galleries & Films: Enjoy an introductory film, 1607: A Nation Takes Root, and immersive gallery exhibits, featuring more than 500 artifacts, short films and interactive displays, which tell the Jamestown story in the context of the Powhatan Indian, English and West Central African cultures that converged in 1600s Virginia.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Living-History Interpretive Demonstrations: Visit re-creations of a Paspahegh town, 1607 ships Godspeed and Discovery, and a fort where costumed historical interpreters present ongoing demonstrations, including period cooking, construction of a dugout canoe, matchlock musket-firing and, at 1 p.m., celestial navigation.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Indigenous Arts Day Performances: This year in conjunction with “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience,” Indigenous Arts Day celebrates native culture through music, dance, and traditional and contemporary art. Outdoors on the museum mall, a variety of native artists will display and demonstrate their work, which will be available for purchase.
10 a.m. • 1 p.m. • 4 p.m.
Red Crooked Sky American Indian Dance Troupe (Nansemond, Chickahominy, Cherokee and Kiowa/Ponca) & Stoney Creek Singers (Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee and Waccamaw-Siouan)
11 a.m. • 2 p.m.
Native Flute by Nathan Elliott (Nottaway)
12 p.m. • 3 p.m.
Hoop Dancing by Meredith Schramm (Omaha)
Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will mark the 414th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement on Saturday, May 8, with a variety of outdoor family friendly interpretive programs, military salutes, maritime demonstrations and a special Indigenous Arts Day.
This year in conjunction with “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience,” a contemporary exhibition on display through March 25, 2022, Indigenous Arts Day celebrates native culture through music, dance, and traditional and contemporary art. Red Crooked Sky American Indian Dance Troupe, Stoney Creek Singers and award-winning hoop dancer Meredith Schramm (Omaha) will perform during this one-day event, along with flutist Nathan Elliott (Nottoway). Throughout the day, a variety of native artists will display and demonstrate their work, which will be available for purchase.
At the ships’ pier, visitors can board the Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought English colonists to Jamestown in 1607, and learn how sailors navigated the seas in the 17th century with a 1 p.m. demonstration on celestial navigation.
Visitors to the re-created Paspahegh Town can discover how Virginia Indians constructed a dugout canoe, cooked over open fires and made tools of stone and bone. In the re-created 1610-14 fort, visitors can see demonstrations of period cooking, military and matchlock firings, as well as artillery firing near the riverfront. Visitors also can see demonstrations of English and Powhatan comparative weaponry.
Indoors, visitors can view 1607: A Nation Takes Root, a docudrama shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater, that traces the evolution of the Virginia Company that sponsored the Jamestown colony, examines the relationship between the English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, and chronicles the arrival of the first recorded Africans in 1619. Immersive gallery exhibits feature artifacts, interactives and films. Visitors can view personal stories of ordinary people in 17th-century Virginia displayed on monitors, life-size screens and projections in re-created settings.
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