Monocan Indians Visit Local Elementary School

January 10, 2007

Students at Johnson Elementary School got a first hand lesson about American Indians as members of the Monocan Indian tribe of Virginia visited.

Tribe members taught them about Indian heritage and culture. The monacan nation.. is the most western of virginia's eight tribes. Bear mountain in Amherst County has been the home of the Monacan people for more than 10,000 years.

With 1,400 members, their goal is to preserve their language and customs.

"The most common remark we hear about Indian people in Virginia is that we are invisible" said Sharon Bryant, Monocan Indian Representative "this is our way to kind of focus the public eye on us to educate the children and the population about who we are where we are and what we plan to do.

The earliest written histories show the James River Monacans controlled the area between the fall line in Richmond and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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