Cheroenhaka journals archived by state library

Published 10:31 am Monday, June 22, 2009

Five issues of the journals of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe of Southampton County have been archived into the collections department of the Library of Virginia, according to Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown.

“This is a tremendous honor,” Brown said.

The journals, 72-page magazines, are published under the title name “Waskehee,” which means “to see” in the tribe’s Iroquoian language (Dar-sun-ke), and discuss the tribe’s history in the area.

The magazines are housed in the current periodicals section of the closed stacks in the library in Richmond, and anyone wishing to read the journals can request to see them through the library’s online catalog or ask for assistance from a reference librarian.

As new issues accumulate, the library will bind the issues to protect them and continue to make them available to the public, Brown said.

The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe will celebrate its eighth annual powwow the “Green Corn Dance” on July 25-26 at the Southampton County Fairgrounds. The public is invited.

Grounds will open at 10 a.m. Grand Entry will be at noon.

For more information visit the tribe’s Web site at or call 562-7760.