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Chickahominy Indians

AE Curator Jul 16
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The Chickahominy Indian Tribe lived in villages along the Chickahominy River. They were led by a council of elders and religious leaders known as mungai, or “great men.” During colonial times, the tribe established a reservation in King William County, but later moved to Chickahominy Ridge, where the people bought land for homes and built Samaria Baptist Church and a tribal school. Later they constructed a tribal center, where they host their annual Powwow; ongoing for nearly 70 years, it is the oldest continuous Powwow in Virginia. Their name means “coarse-pounded corn people.”

Location: New Kent County
Image: The Valentine

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