November 11, 2006

Webcast explores Virginia history

Student helps make history in Jamestown webcastAdkins, a member of the Chickahominy Indian tribe who is a gifted public speaker, gave a smiling, relaxed performance from the anchor desk and from spots in the audience where she fielded questions from fellow students.

She confessed afterward that she was unexpectedly nervous in the countdown to the webcast, but quickly relaxed as the program got rolling.

The webcast, aimed at fourth-through-eighth graders, was designed to be a fast-paced exploration of Jamestown history and its legacies of democracy, cultural diversity and the spirit of exploration. It contained interviews with historians, a tall-ship captain, an archaeologist, a Virginia Indian chief and even a former astronaut.

7 comments:

Not a Sioux said...

The last time there was an item about the Chickahominy here, we had someone insisting that they were just another group of whites playing Indian.

Rob said...

Right. But as you've seen, that kind of talk doesn't sway me.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Well, it was not I. writerfella's posts stated that Chickahominy people were Blacks, as are the Lumbee and the Pequots. Now, with many tribal groups trying to divorce themselves from both whites and Blacks among their numbers, the Blacks are attempting to unite to form their own tribal group called the Binay. No doubt if the mongrelizationists have their way, the Binay will get Federal recognition as a Native tribe.
Currently, the Cherokee election to vote out their Freedmen (Blacks) was stalled by a Federal judge when Freedmen claimed there were irregularities in the petition drive to get the question on the tribal ballot.
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

They're part Indian and part black, you mean. Similarly, most tribes are part Indian and part non-Indian these days.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Perhaps, except for the Pequots, who found a Native identity abandoned by extinction, took it up, and then won Federal recognition because the identity had an historical record. Consider that the Mohica were wiped out by British attacks, and thus was the inspiration for James Fenimore Cooper's novel, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. However, within a year, out of nowhere, there were Mohica people roaming the forests, speaking their language, and living their culture and lifestyles. What had occurred is that similar smaller tribes had moved into the Mohica ecological niche and then transmogrified themselves into that tribe. Darwin noted the same syndrome in his observations of bird species on the Galapagos Islands.
You may support the Pequot recognition, but writerfella bets that you wouldn't want one of them to marry your sister.
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

I still see only your opinion about the Pequots here. If you've given us anything resembling a fact, I must've missed it.

Here's Wikipedia's version of modern Pequot history. Now let's see you present evidence of Pequot history--not your opinion again--contradicting it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pequot

By the 1910 census, the Pequot population was enumerated at a low of 66. In terms of population, the Pequot reached their nadir several decades later. Pequot numbers grew appreciably--the Mashantucket Pequot especially--during the 1970s and 1980s when Mashantucket Pequot Chairman, Skip Hayward was able to enjoin Pequots to return to their tribal homeland by implementing the push to Federal recognition and sound economic development.

Rob said...

You could quote from the books by Brett Fromson and Jeff Benedict, but I've already debated their positions a dozen or two times. Here's a typical rebuttal to Benedict's claims:

http://www.indiangaming.org/library/articles/novel-attack.shtml

Early reviews of the book focused on the book’s voluminous research, but Benedict’s research is highly selective. Many of his interviews are with disgruntled former BIA employees and the ex-wife of former tribal chairman Skip Hayward, hardly unbiased sources. Anthropologists like myself who work with tribal histories and genealogies know that public documents and anecdotes are not sufficient for constituting a complete tribal history, particularly one that spans centuries. Even more problematically, Benedict spoke to no more than a couple of Mashantucket Pequot tribal members for the book, rendering his work only one-half of a conversation at best.