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October 10, 2008

CW re-enacts Cherokee delegations' visits to 18th-century capital of Virginia

More than 17 Cherokee delegations visited Williamsburg in the 18th century to meet with colonial officials and discuss trade, alliance and war. Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative presents two programs Oct. 25-26 that relive portions of these visits.

On several occasions, the Cherokee “favored the public with a dance.” During Return of the Cherokee: “A Public Dance,” the Eastern Band of Cherokee’s Warriors of Ani Kituwha re-create traditional dances. This program can be seen at 1:30 p.m. on Palace Green on Oct. 25 and 11 a.m. on Market Square behind the Courthouse on Oct. 26.

No ticket is necessary to enjoy this program.

Native leaders and Virginia officials reaffirmed alliances through the exchange of wampum, displayed their allegiance to one another through grand oratory and exchanged gifts as signs of mutual commitment. During Our Bond of Peace, a delegation from the Eastern Band of Cherokee meets with Gov. Patrick Henry at the Capitol at 5 p.m.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket or Good Neighbor Card is required to attend this program.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” - a daily dramatic live street theater presentation - is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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