I would like to introduce myself, along with sharing a little background behind the WINGAPO MAGAZINE. My name is Autumn Morningstar Custalow, the owner of Morningstar Designs and publisher of WINGAPO MAGAZINE. I am from the Mattaponi tribe in King William County and have been an active member in my tribe since the day I could walk. My culture is very important to me and preserving my people’s history is one of my top priorities. It is the foundation of who we are today and the pathway for our future existence. The idea for a magazine came to me in 2004, which became one of the main reasons that I went to art school to become a graphic designer. I started my graphic design business in 2006 to help me get through college and in hopes of starting my magazine. I was not prepared for all that goes into such a project at the time but, three years later, I gained knowledge, skill and a network of friends. Now, I have what I need to pull this project off but need the participation of my people to make it happen. The dream behind WINGAPO MAGAZINE is to bring unity amongst the Virginia tribes, to express who we are as Native People today and embrace our future. Coming together, educating ourselves of our past and passing it on to our youth will make us stronger as native people. The magazine will comprise stories of our past told by our elders of the Virginia tribes, new happenings, upcoming events, and powwows. This is NOT a political magazine, but will include political issues. This is NOT to be confused for a newsletter or newspaper. WINGAPO MAGAZINE has been designed to have a longer shelf-life than a newsletter or newspaper. This will act as a common ground for all Virginia tribes, with words written by our own native people making WINGAPO MAGAZINE more interactive and involved with our community.
Wingapo means "Hello" in the Algonquin language. I was looking for a way to build a stronger community through networking and communication and the best way to start is by saying "Hello".
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