November is Native American Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate the achievements of Native American people, and to acknowledge the struggles and injustices they have suffered. Most importantly, it is a time to honor the courage, dignity, spirit, and sacrifice they have made to preserve their cultural heritage and raise up their people in the face of centuries of adversity. This month, the Muse Law Library at the University of Richmond is presenting a gallery of digital slides in recognition of some of the Indigenous people who have made an impact on the history of America, and the rising stars shaping its future.
In celebration of Virginia’s Indigenous roots, we have highlighted eleven tribes living in the Commonwealth: the Nottoway, Cheroenhaka (Nottoway), Mattaponi, Upper Mattaponi, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Patawomeck, Pamunkey, Nansemond, Monacan, and Rappahannock nations. We encourage you to visit the websites of each tribe to learn more about the fascinating histories, governments, and traditions of Virginia’s Indigenous people.
Collected here is the complete gallery featuring people from diverse tribes across Virginia and the North American continent. We hope these stories serve to inspire you. In the words of Tsleil-Waututh poet Chief Dan George, “May the stars carry your sadness away, / May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, / May hope forever wipe away your tears. / And above all, may silence make you strong.”