First Americans Tour

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

Make your DC visit memorable, by traveling back in time to visit the Pamunkey 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 honor to greet their Nation's citizens today - as these First Americans continue to build North America today.

The Pamunkey Indigenous Nation is recognized by its second successor state America and one of 11 Indigenous Nations recognized by its first successor state the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Indigenous Nation is part of the Powhatan paramountcy, made up of Algonquian-speaking Nations. The Powhatan paramount chiefdom was made up of over 30 Indigenous Nations, estimated to total about 21,000 citizens at the time the English invaded in 1607. The Pamunkey Indigenous Nation itself numbered about 1,000 persons in 1607.

When the English invaded, the Pamunkey were one of the most powerful groups of the Powhatan chiefdom. They inhabited for 10,000 years the coastal tidewater on the north side of the 348 mile long Powhatan River (the invaders renamed it after their King James the First) near Chesapeake Bay. Today 2.5 million people live in the Nation's original territory.

By 1605 the financiers of the invasion, the Virginia Company of London, had successfully begun exporting tabacoo from farms they ran along the Powhatan River, leading to the growth of Warwick River Shire (2010 population 180710), Bermuda Hundred (2010 population 20), Charles City Point (2010 population 22,591), Claremont (2010 population 343, maintains a statue commemorating their invasion here on May 5 1607), Scotland (2010 population 203), and Smithfield (2010 population 8089 located at Warrosquoyacke Algonquin for 'point of land'), river forts during the first decade of their invasion. This formation of interlocking strategic points on the Powhatan River to support the invasion was developed in reaction to the successful Powhatan hunting blockade of 1609 when 90% of the invaders were starved to death before overwhelming supplies reenforced the invaders in the spring of 1610.

The Pamunkey Indigenous Nation is one of only two that still retain Treaty lands assigned by the 1646 (Treaty Between the English and the Powhatan Indians) and 1677 ( Treaty of Middle Plantation) Treaties with the English colonial government. The Pamunkey Indigenous Nation is located on some of its ancestral land on the Pamunkey River adjacent to present-day King William County, Virginia. Today the Indigenous Nation's population is 200.

The most famous Pamunkey Citizens are Powhatan and his daughter Matoaka (Pocahontas). In the winter of 1607, Opechancanough, chief of the Pamunkey tribe, captured Captain John Smith. Smith was brought to Opechancanoguh's brother the paramount chief, Chief Powhatan who formed an alliance with the invaders. Later Opechancanoguh succeeded Powhatan and fought the invaders to force them to a Treaty in 1646, signed by his successor Necotowance. In exchange for protection of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Indigenous Nations, "Necotowance & his Successors are to pay unto the King's Governor the Number of twenty beaver skin's att the goeing away of Geese yearely." In over 330 years, a payment has never been missed, while the invaders broke out far beyond the lands defined as English in the treaty thereafter.

As the 1646 and 1677 Treaties were made with the British invaders, the American successor state did not recognize them. However, after much effort on July 2, 2015, America now recognizes the Indigenous Nation's as a sovereign state.

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Kevin Brown Pamunkey Chief Kevin Brown Chief of the Pamunkey Indigenous Nation wins sucessor state's recognition

The Pamunkey Indigenous Nation's Chief Kevin Brown in the tradition of Chief Necotowance, recently spent more than $2 million to defend their Nation against billionaire casino and gas station cabals, and on July 2 2015 won their recognition as a sovereign state and will join the 566 other Indigenous Nations recognized by the successor state.

Pamunkey First Naton Museum

Located in the Pamunkey Indigenous Nation, the museum gives a comprehensive learning experience in "A living memory of Powhatan's People." Tools, pottery, clothing and more, representing the Ice Age to present, are among the artifacts on exhibit. The Pamunkey women continue to make pottery in the centuries-old manner which can be purchased at the museum.

The Shrine of Wahunsenacawk

Chief Powhatan was born Wahunsenacawk (1550-1618) of the Pamunkey Indigenous Nation near present-day Varina in Henrico County. Under Wahunsenacawk, the Powhatan Confederacy he led, included the Powhatan, the Arrohateck, the Appamattuck, the Pamunkey, the Mattaponi, the Chiskiack, and the Kecoughtan Indigenous Nations uniting 150 towns. Seven of these Indigenous Nations are recognized by the successor state of Virginia and exist today, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Nansemond, Pamunkey, Rappahannock, and Upper Mattaponi. As primary chief of the Confederacy, Wahunsenacawk took the name "Powhatan" as a ruler of his people. When the English invited Powhatan to Jamestown offering him gifts. Powhatan refused to come. Captain John Smith writes that Powhatan’s response was: “If your king has sent me presents, I also am a king, and this my land. Your father is to come to me, not I to him.” Powhatan attempted to subjugate England into his confederacy, ultimately, after his passing, in 1646 the Powhatan Confederacy and the English negotiated a Treaty of co-existence.

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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