First People: The Early Indians of Virginia

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Incorporating recent events in the Native American community as well as additional information gleaned from publications and public resources, this newly redesigned and updated second edition of First People brings back to the fore this concise and highly readable narrative. Full of stories that represent the full diversity of Virginia’s Indians, past and present, this popular book remains the essential introduction to the history of Virginia Indians from the earlier times to ...

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Overview

Incorporating recent events in the Native American community as well as additional information gleaned from publications and public resources, this newly redesigned and updated second edition of First People brings back to the fore this concise and highly readable narrative. Full of stories that represent the full diversity of Virginia’s Indians, past and present, this popular book remains the essential introduction to the history of Virginia Indians from the earlier times to the present day.

University of Virginia Press

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Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology

"Members of the Indian community shared with the authors many of their most private grievances, concerns, folklore, legends, and hopes for the future. This joint effort has resulted in a book that is instructive and informative to all people and will help to clarify and eliminate many misconceptions and myths.—Oliver L. Perry Sr., Chief Emeritus, Nansemond Indian Tribe"Mixing archaeology, ethnohistory, and modern tribal lore, Egloff and Woodward have assembled an extremely readable general introduction to the 12,000-year history of Native Americans in Virginia. This wonderfully attractive and beautifully illustrated volume is bound to instill the excitement of archaeology in readers and lists the resources available to interested persons that would allow them to follow up on that enthusiasm in a meaningful way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813925486
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Vdhr Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 68
  • Sales rank: 955,734
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Egloff is Assistant Curator at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Deborah Woodward, an editor and writer, develops and produces Web content, books, magazines, and films.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

1 Early Hunters
Paleoindians at the Thunderbird Site 9
Traces of Early Archaic Peoples in Rockshelters 12
2 Dispersed Foragers
Middle Archaic Indians: Innovations in a Changing World 14
3 Sedentary Foragers
Late Archaic Soapstone Sculptors 20
Early Woodland Potters 23
Middle Woodland: the Stone Mound Burial Culture 24
4 Farmers
Late Woodland: Local, Mississippian Intrusive, Earthen Mound Burial Cultures, and Coastal Plain Peoples 26
5 European Contact, 1607-1800
Native Americans along the Coast: the Powhatan Chiefdom, the Meherrin and Nottoway Tribes 38
Indians in the Piedmont: the Manahoacs, Monacans, Occaneechis, and Saponis 48
Native Americans in the Mountains: the Toteros and Cherokees 50
6 Virginia's Indians, 1800s to the Present 53
7 Indian Tribes in Virginia Today 57
8 Protection of Native American Archaeological Sites 61
9 Glossary 64
10 Public Resources 65
11 Suggested Readings 66
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