Schedule of Events - Virginia Indian Tribes Visit to England July 13-20, 2006
This summer, the Virginia tribes will embark on an historic trip to Kent, England. From July 13-20, sixty to eighty people representing each of the eight state-recognized tribes will be the guests of the citizens of Kent. Many of the representatives will be hosted by citizens in their private homes.
On Friday, the day after arrival, an official welcome will be offered by the Mayor of Gravesham and by a representative of the Queen of England in a ceremony at Cobham Hall in Gravesend, England. Chief Anne Richardson will respond to the welcome on behalf of the Chiefs of the eight tribes. After an exchange of gifts, the tribes will visit St. George’s Church in Gravesend, site of Pocahontas’ burial, for a private ceremony.
On Saturday and Sunday, the group will do craft demonstrations and make a dance and drum presentation at The Big Day Out, a county-wide cultural festival, in Gravesend. Sunday will also include a worship service at St. George’s Church and a multi-faith luncheon with local churches.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Chiefs will participate in a national symposium titled “Learning Lessons from the Past for the Future” at The University of Kent in Canterbury. Six presentations will be made by American historians, Virginia Indians and British scholars. This symposium will be broadcast throughout England. While the symposium is taking place, some members of the Indian delegation will be making historical and cultural presentations to school students in the Gravesend area.
On Wednesday, while the remainder of the group tours Kent, the Chiefs will tour the Houses of Parliament in London and observe Parliament in session from the Distinguished Visitors Gallery. They will also meet the Speaker of the House and the Foreign Office Minister for North America. The day will wrap up with a tour of London and a reception.
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