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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Machicomoco State Park in Gloucester celebrated the First Virginians in a program held on Monday at the park’s interpretive center. Displays were set up for people to learn the history of the Algonquin peoples, learn about the wildlife and natural resources of the park and how the First Virginians utilized them, and demonstration on native technology and tools. Above, master naturalist and master gardener Bill Blair of Gloucester, former interpretive site manager for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, shares his collection of hides, native tools, arrow points and other items he made himself in much the same way they were made by the native people who lived here centuries ago. Below, Machicomoco State Park interpretive ranger Courtney Kirberger, left, demonstrates how a dugout canoe is made from a hallowed tree.


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