Virginia Native American Festival

Next date: September 11, 2021 10:00 am

$10 per person 5 and older Personally, I thought $40 for my family (including my 5 and 8 year old) was a bit much for the handful of tents. They do have to pay the dancers, but most of that money goes to Fairfax Parks. I’m not sure the value was there, but I did learn much about tribal culture in pre-colonial Fairfax County. For instance: – Their dugout canoes had a little fire on one end, presumably to keep them warm while fishing. – Some made little dugout canoes for their pet squirrels.

Native men of the time sometimes employed a device known as a *man decoy* to attract a suitable mate

The Riverbend Park festival includes eight American Indian tribes from Virginia, including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy hands-on activities and live demonstrations, such as American Indian storytelling, shooting bow and arrows, throwing spears and making stone tools. Assist in building a dugout canoe and visit our marketplace of American Indian crafts, pottery and jewelry. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase a six-hour pass in advance online for $8. The cost is $10 at the gate. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

For many families, the Virginia Native American Festival is an opportunity to experience the arts and culture of pre-colonial America. For my family, is was an opportunity to play with weapons.

The central attraction is the large show tent by the slow moving waters of the Potomac. Underneath it’s shade, six men beat a 5 foot drum while brightly adorned athletes portray traditional dances of the Mattaponi, Chickahominy, Pamunkey, and Rappahannock tribes.

A small group of interpreters will attempt to make a dugout canoe. You may also enjoy (and purchase) reproduction bead-work, pottery, jewelry, and even food from the represented tribes.

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