Western Tidewater well represented by tribes

Published 3:36 pm Saturday, May 5, 2018

Richmond is always an interesting city to visit, especially for day trips. Recently, the capital gained a new and free attraction that we think is worth a visit, especially with its tie to our corner of the world.

Last month, the “Mantle” was dedicated. That is the monument which honors Virginia’s Native American population and history. But rather than a singular statue posted alone in a remote park, the site has been put conveniently at Capitol Square.

The project is composed of a spiral walkway to represent timelessness, and is combined with water, greenery and a circular tablet inscribed with Virginia tribes.

One of those names is the Nottoway, currently led by Chief Lynette Allston. On the day of the dedication, she was in attendance with fellow tribal members, one of whom served on the planning and designing commission. Allston and her husband, Allard, also contributed financially to making the project a reality.

The second tribe represented at the event was the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) tribe, led by Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown. They also participated in the ceremony. The members periodically host events that help to educate residents and visitors to the history and culture of their tribe.

We encourage you to visit the new monument as well as participate in regular activities or events sponsored by the Nottoway and Cheroenhaka.

Western Tidewater is fortunate to have two tribes that enrich this region with their heritage.