Native Voices of Loudoun County Past and Present Exhibit

E.E. Lake Store - Plaster Museum of Bluemont Heritage
Sunday, July 14th 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us for this year’s new and enlightening exhibit, dedicated to celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of Indigenous, Native American communities here – then and now. This immersive experience offers a unique opportunity to learn, reflect, and honor the rich heritage of the first stewards of this land.
LOCATION: The Plaster Museum of Bluemont Heritage is located in the E.E. Lake Store at 18351 Railroad Street, Bluemont, VA 20135.

DATES: Open Sundays (only), from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. from approximately May to October 2024.

EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS:

– Historical Artifacts – Explore rare and authentic artifacts that provide a window into the daily lives, traditions, and history of Indigenous peoples here.

– Interactive Displays – Engage with educational displays designed to deepen your understanding of Indigenous cultures through interactive elements.

– Activities for Kids – Southeastern Woodland Indian designs are available for children to color and take home. Art and Craft – Discover traditional and contemporary Indigenous art forms, including pottery, weaving, and beadwork, showcasing the creativity and craftsmanship passed down through generations.

– Storytelling Sessions – Attend scheduled storytelling sessions, where you can listen to Indigenous elders share; see the calendar for future events.

– Indigenous Authors – Look up and around the rooms for recommended indigenous books written by Native Americans; see QR codes for reading lists. Self-Determination and Tribal Sovereignty – Read about how Indigenous People are still here and reversing manifest destiny.

– Wild Foods – Learn about Indigenous foodways and reconnect with the wild edibles of Loudoun County.

– Lay Down Prayers – A prayer-tie corner, offers a sacred space where visitors are invited to honor Native American traditions by laying down their prayers and intentions through prayer ties.

– We Are Still Here – Learn how this statement is a reminder that our Indigenous communities have endured and continue to exist, despite historical injustices and challenges.

– No More Missing Sisters – A red dress display spreads awareness to a crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and children (MMIWC).

Why This Exhibit Matters – We, as ethical compassionate citizens, value our collective diversity today as we celebrate a vibrant and respectful future for all peoples together. Understanding and appreciating our Indigenous cultures is vital to recognizing the diverse fabric of our democracy and land that we all call home. This exhibit not only educates but also fosters a sense of respect and admiration for the contributions and experiences of Indigenous peoples past and present. By attending, you also support cultural preservation and help promote awareness and inclusivity.

FREE admission to the general public. Handicap accessible. Pet friendly.

For more info – https://harvestgathering.org/index.html Sanctuary on the Trail co-founders helped advise and create this year’s exhibit.

Volunteer – https://bluemontheritage.org/contact. Helps strengthen our communities by fostering connections. Be a part of this significant event and journey through the rich cultural heritage of Indigenous communities. Whether you are a history enthusiast, student, teacher, or someone eager to know more, there’s something for everyone.

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