Three different groups of Indians lived in Virginia. The Iroquoian language groups lived in the southeastern and southwestern parts of Virginia--in the Allegheny (Appalachian) Plateau Region and in the Tidewater Region.The largest group of Iroquoian Indians was the Cherokees.More than thirty different tribes of Algonquians lived in Virginia when the English settlers arrived. Powhatan was the ruler of many groups of Algonquian Indians (known as the Powhatan Confederacy) who lived along Virginia's coastline. The Indians of the Powhatan Confederacy lived either in longhouses or in wigwams.
He also carved other items, which he enjoyed giving to family members.
Mildred Moore, a Pamunkey potter, is well known for her blackware and for pictograph bowls and plates such as the one shown here.
If the tribe name is in bold, then Virginia is the primary location known for this tribe, otherwise we provide the tribes specifics as it pertains to Virginia and provide a link to the main tribal page if available.
Thousands of years ago, Alaska and Asia were joined by dry land. The Indians walked over this land bridge from Asia into Alaska. After many years, different groups of Indians lived in all parts of North and South America.
Indians from…These flutes were made by Ken Custalow, a skilled wood craftsman and member of the Mattaponi tribe.
Ken noted that he could tune a flute to the desired pitch but preferred to let the instrument "find its own voice." The Virginia Indian Archive is a collection of images, documents, and audiovisual resources representing the history and cultural experiences of Virginia Indians since colonial times.
Here she shows neckwear she created--two necklaces and a bolo tie.
The following tribes at one time are recorded in history as having resided within the present state of Virginia.
Bones were sharpened into fishing hooks and spear tips.