First Americans Tour

Time Travel Tour to Your Ancestors Time Travel Tour to the Paspahegh - First Americans

Make your DC visit memorable, by traveling back in time to visit the Paspahegh Indigenous Nation. Time Travel Tour living historians will transport you back to the people who built North America, the place where they did it and provide you the opportunity to pay your respects - to these First Americans who gave their lives as Martyrs to help us achieve the Justice, Equality and Reconciliation we strive for today between Indigenous Nations and Successor States.

The Paspahegh Indigenous Nation was Martyred on the 9th of August 1610 at the hands of the blood thirsty savage Thomas West, who came fresh from slaughtering tens of thousands of Irish in the invasion of Ulster, attacked the Paspahegh murdering every last man, women and child. The Paspahegh genocide was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of the entire Paspahegh Indigenous Nation by the British regime and its collaborators. On their lands we will visit a newly erected Memorial to the remembrance of the victims of the Genocide. The Memorial is constructed from a careful archeological study of a nearby Paspahegh village, attempts to transport you to the life of the Paspahegh Nation forevermore. The Paspahegh genocide was not an accident in history; it occurred because individuals, organizations, and governments made choices that not only legalized discrimination but also allowed prejudice, hatred, and ultimately mass murder to occur. The Paspaghegh genocide was a watershed event, not only in the 17th century but also in the entire course of human history.

While the Pasaphegh genocide is an intensely personal Indigenous Nations tragedy, it is a tragedy with universal resonance. This national Memorial has become something that Americans deeply value. It is a way for us to honour the Pasaphegh and pledge to safeguard the sacred memory of the Pasaphegh Martyrs. Their spilt blood continues to quicken their sister Nations', the Pamunkey and the Mattaponi, aquistion of freedom, justice, and universal esteem of their humanity and culture.

In 1607, the Paspahegh were the primary representatives of the Tsenacommacah Confederacy in the first years of the English invasion. On May 4th 1607, the Paspahegh Chief Wowinchoppunck led the first reconitoring of the invaders. William Strachey who was a witness, described the Chief as "one of the mightiest and strongest men that Powhatan had under him, and was therefore one of his Champions." Two weeks later, on May 19th, George Percy recorded his pleasant impression of the Paspahegh, by describing one of their roads, "wee espied a path-way like to an Irish pace: wee were desirous to knowe whither it would bring us; wee traced along some foure miles, all the way as wee went, having the pleasantest Suckles, the ground all flowing over with faire flowers of sundry colours and kindes, as though it had beene in any Garden or Orchard in England. There be many Strawberries, and other fruits unknowne: wee saw the Woods full of Cedar and Cypresse trees, with other trees, which issues out sweet Gummes like to Balsam: wee kept on our way in this Paradise, at length wee came to a Paspahegh Towne." There followed three years in defense of their Nation. By June of 1610, the Paspahegh had led the efforts which successfully drove all the invaders to give up and return home. Unknown to Chief Wowinchoppunck and the invaders, the criminal Thomas West was already on his way to take his Irish-defeating genocidal warefare practices against the Paspahegh.

Following the August 1610 Paspahegh genocide, their voice became silenced in American history while the mass-murderer Thomas West had Cities (West Point), rivers (Delaware, his royal title Baron De La Ware), and states (Delaware) named after him. Three hundred years later, in the late 19th century, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities began acquiring the lands for the Memorial. The momentum towards building the Paspahegh a Memorial took a leap forward with the 1983 discovery of a 31 acre Paspahegh village six mles upstream from Jamestown. Next, the James River Institute for Archaeology published the findings of that archeological study in the 1994 report "Paspahegh Archaeology: Data Recovery Investigations of Site 44JC308 at the Governor's Land at Two Rivers, James City County, Virginia." Twelve years later, in 2006 the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities built the Memorial for the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the invasion. The Memorial's design was based upon the 1994 study. The Memorial is a state-run living-history complex close to the original Paspahegh villages. Costumed interpreters accompany you on your visit to the Memorial of oval-shaped Paspahegh yahekans (homes). Reflect on the Paspahegh Martyrs amongst the Memorial's Yahekans and their sacred circle of carved wooden pillars (Quiocosin) to provide you a quiet reflective setting to consider what took place here.

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Mattaponi Tax Payment Paspahegh Memorial

Reflect upon the Paspahegh Martyrs within a Memorial modeled after one of their villages which was discovered and excavated in 1983 thru 1994.

Location of the Genocide

The Paspahegh Indigenous Nation can be seen on this map next to Jamestown, ground zero, for the invasion of their Nation.

Quiocosin ceremonial poles

The Paspahegh were recorded to have worshipped God in their House of Worship (Quiocosin) with the aid of their priests (Kwiocosuks). In the eastern end, of their House of Worship, they maintained likenesses of Paspahegh saints carved in wooden pillars. In 1585, the linguistically and culturally related Secotan Indigenous Nation were observed conducting a religious ceremony amongst wooden pillars placed in a circle. Thomas Hariot described it, and John White painted the posts as "carved with heads like ... the faces of Nuns covered with their veiles."

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The following departures are available for you and your friends or family:
Inaugural $20 First Americans Tour on April 1 2017 from 8am to 4pm EST in Washington DC
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