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Machicomoco hosts Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration

November is National American Indian Heritage Month and, to mark the occasion, an Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration was held on Saturday at Gloucester’s Machicomoco State Park.

The daylong event featured dance performances, educational booths and other activities for park guests to experience.

Some of the educational booths were hosted by various indigenous tribes including the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, Mattaponi Indian Tribe and Reservation, and the Kiskiack Chickahominy Tribe. Others were hosted by local groups such as the Fairfield Foundation, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Yorktown Watermen’s Museum, and Gloucester Master Gardeners.

Performances were led by the Rappahannock Dance and Maskapow Drum Groups. Those in the audience saw traditional dances performed to the beat and singing of the drum group. Guests even participated in some of the dances.

Gloucester County’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department also played a major role in th...

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