Social Studies - 2018-19

VS.2g - State-recognized Tribes

The student will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between physical geography and the lives of the native peoples, past and present, of Virginia by

g) describing the lives of American Indians in Virginia today.

Adopted: 2015


  • Over time, a culture group may continue to impact the lives of people today.
  • American Indians still play an important part of Virginia's culture. 
  • Many people still celebrate American Indian cultures with modern day Pow-Wow's.  


American Indian people have lived in Virginia for thousands of years.

Virginia Indians have contributed to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.


American Indians, whose ancestors have lived in Virginia for thousands of years before 1607, continue to live in all parts of the state today.

Virginia Indians live and work as modern Americans. Many practice ancient traditions and crafts while incorporating new customs over time.

The current state-recognized American Indian tribes are located in regions throughout Virginia.

The tribes maintain tribal museums and lands on which they hold public festivals called powwows. The powwow is a way of teaching American Indians and visitors about American Indian culture, past and present.

Today, Virginia Indians maintain their vibrant cultural heritage through drumming, singing, dance, art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, pottery, and storytelling.

Virginia Indians contribute to American society as active citizens who vote, hold office, and work in communities.


Updated: May 18, 2018