First Americans Tour

First Americans Museum

First Americans Tell Their Own Story
Washington DC First Americans Museum The tour begins with a First Americans experience. We will tour a Museum placed respectfully to the left of the Nation's Capitol building. The museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, are all designed in collaboration with Indigenous Nations from across the hemisphere. They combine to give you a sense of the spirit of the First Americans.

Follow America's First Highway

The Chesapeake Watershed will lead us to visit the area's many Indigenous Nations
The Susquehanna (464 miles, named by the Lenapi Indigenous Nation meaning "Oyster River"), Potomac (405 miles, named by the Algonquian-speaking Indigenous Nations meaning "Swan River"), Rappahannock (195 miles, named by the Rappahannock Indigenous Nation meaning "Quick Rising Water River"), Pamunkey [now York] (34 miles, named by the Pamunkey Indigenous Nation meaning "Sacred Temple River"), and Powhattan [now James] (444 miles, named by the Pamunkey Indigenous Nation honoring the Chief of the Tsenacommacah Confederacy from 1550-1618, meaning "One Who Dreams River") rivers are the five largest rivers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Altogether, more than 100,000 streams, creeks and rivers thread through this watershed. Each Indigenous Nation lives within a few miles of one of these local waterways, which connect them all.

Guided by a Monacan and a British aboriginal-rights activist

Unity of Indigenous Nations and Americans
Many are familiar with the violent invasion and overthrow of the Indigenous Nations, however, your time travel living historians Mrs. Harris and Mr. Spelman will acquaint you with the "other tradition" of inter-racial fellowship and cooperation. Mr. Spelman arrived as a child from England, learnt the Algonquian language, married the sister of Matoaka [Pocahontas] and spoke out against the mistreatment of Indigenous Nations causing him to be sentenced to seven years of house arrest. Similarly, Mrs. Harris, portrayed by her great-great-great Grand-daughter, a Monacan Indigenous Nations citizen, also married inter-racially, in the 1860s, and her family continues to live in their ancestral territory to this day. These two living historians will travel with you through time to meet the First Americans!

Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center

Pamunkey Museum
Visit the Homeland of [Pocahontas] Matoaka
A high point of the tour is the visit to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe which has governed Tsenacommacah for 10,000 years to the present. At the time of England's invasion of America, 30 Indigenous Nations had joined their confederacy. Recently, on July 2 2015 the Indigenous Nation gained the distinction of becoming the first Nation in the successor state of Virginia to form a Nation to Nation treaty relationship with the United States of America.

Mattaponi Indian Tribe's Minnie Ha-Ha Educational Trading Post

Mattaponi
The Homeland of the Oldest Nation to Nation treaty in America
In 1646 England formed a treaty, together with the Pamunkey, for the Mattaponi to have the first legal recognition of their lands in America. When you visit those same lands today, you will see a small village of Mattaponi people. People who go to work every day, send their children to school, attend church and go about their daily lives. To this day they are devoted to preserving and teaching about the journey of the Mattaponi Indian Tribe.

Paspahegh Indigenous Nation Memorial

Paspahegh Indigenous Nation
An Indigenous Nation at the site of Invasion
The successor state of Virginia has re-created a Paspahegh village based on archaeological findings in the Paspahegh Indigenous Nation. On May 4th, 1607 Wowinchoppunck the leader of the Paspahegh met the English invasion. On June 7th 1610, following a siege which killed off 200 of the Invaders, the Paspahegh helped to successfully force the British to flee Tsenacommacah. On August 9th, 1610 the British returned led by the veteran of atrocities against the Irish, Thomas West, with the mindset expressed in the words of his fellow brute Chichester, "we spare none of what quality or sex soever, and it hath bred much terror in the people.” Their recent total war on the Irish included the destruction of their food killing 40,000 in the Ulster Famine of 1602-1603. Upon arrival in America, West ordered the genocide of the Paspahegh Indigenous Nation killing 70 Pasapahegh warriors, before destroying their homes, crops and executing their children and wives. We will visit this memorial to their sacrifice to help open our hearts to reconciliation.

Time Travel Reservations

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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