Here are a couple of interesting news items from the past few days.
First, archaeologists have discovered a new pyramid in Saqqara, which is an ancient burial site in Egypt. The pyramid is estimated to be 4,300 years old. For more info, check out http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/11/11/egypt.pyramid.discovery.ap/index.html.
Second, here is some information from WHRO on the re-broadcast of a special on the Monacan nation of Virginia. Fourth grade teachers, this may be something you want to consider downloading and saving for future use in the classroom.
WHRV 89.5FM TO re-AIR SPECIAL ON THE MONACAN NATION OF VIRGINIA
NORFOLK: With the 400year anniversary of the birth of America just behind us, many people are still unaware of the history of the Virginia tribes and the true stories regarding first contact at Jamestown in 1607. WHRV 89.5FM will air a one-hour program featuring Monacan Chief Kenneth Branham and tribal members Karenne Wood and Sue Elliott, who sit down with Chickahominy tribal representative Powhatan Owen to share the history and culture of the invisible people; past present and future.
Bear Mountain in Amherst County has been the home of the Monacan people for more than 10,000 years. The earliest written histories of Virginia record that in 1607, the James River Monacan, along with their Mannahoac allies on the Rappahannock River, controlled the area between the Fall Line in Richmond and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The most western of Virginia’s eight tribes, the Monacan Nation – over 1,400 strong.
This a rare opportunity to learn the true history of the founding of this country from the direct descendants of the Virginia Tribes.
WHRO Chief Enterprise Officer John Heimerl served as Executive Producer for Monacan Voices. “WHRV is pleased to be able to share this under reported perspective of the Jamestown experience with our listeners,” said Heimerl. “Our region’s Native American stories and voices have been too long unheard, and we’re proud to bring these to our airwaves.”
Subjects covered are: First contact, Racial Integrity Act [also known as the paper Genocide of Virginia Indians] Federal Recognition, culture and history of the Virginia tribes, healing for Native and Non Native People. Conversation, poetry and storytelling.
The program will be aired on the NAPTV/AIROS livestream http://airos.org/audio/en/monacanvoices.html at the following times:
11/22/08: 10am, 4pm, 10pm ET
11/23/08: 10am, 4pm, 10pm ET
11/24/08: 11am, 5pm, 11pm ET
The audio from Monacan Voices is also available for podcast and free MP3 download at the following sites