Update about blog

Come on over to my other blog, Alchemy of Clay and Living in Black Mountain NC, where the scenery and my ceramic arts life are combined. I've moved some personal blog posts, (as well as those that are about my ancestors) back here.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Nansemond Indians recognized in parade

 As I mentioned last post, my Rogers family has roots including the Nansemond Indians of Suffolk, VA, a small tribe among those who welcomed the first Western Europeans to the shores of North America in the 1600s.  Chuckatuck is apparently the community where the new American Indian village, Mattanock, will be built by the Nansemonds (see last post).

Last year there was a celebration including Chief Barry Bass...

Chuckatuck looks back — and ahead

Published 9:59pm Saturday, October 26, 2013

This was the...
second annual Founder’s Day in Chuckatuck, VA, with parade and speeches, children singing, and an antique car show....

 Folks lined Kings Highway for the parade to the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department building. The event’s grand marshal, Chief Barry Bass of the Nansemond Indians, dressed in full regalia, and was driven by Jamie Bradshaw....

Fittingly, (co-chair of event, Kitty) Martin said, "Chief Barry Bass of the Nansemond Indians has been selected as the event’s grand marshal.  We wanted him to be a part, because their land is a part of our community,” she said, referring to 70 acres the city recently conveyed to the tribe, where it plans to develop an educational tourist attraction, Mattanock Town, recreating the tribe’s 1600s village that was located near the site.

Invited up to say a few words, Chief Bass said he was honored to have been selected as grand marshal. “It’s great being here,” he said.
Mayor Linda T. Johnson cited the 1600s Native American village the Nansemond tribe plans to build on 70 Chuckatuck acres recently conveyed to the tribe by the city.
“With Mattanock Town coming to Chuckatuck, we are just going to grow and become a very special place,” she said. “We already are, but it’s going to get better and better.”

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