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CCS freshmen attend Chickahominy Pow Wow

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Christchurch student Evan Turk of Mount Pleasant, S.C., meets a member of the Chickahominy Tribe of Providence Forge.

Christchurch School enjoys a partnership and friendship with the Chickahominy Tribe of Providence Forge. Each year, CCS 9th-graders and a few older students attend the Chickahominy Pow Wow and Fall Festival.

Through this ongoing partnership, students experience the Chickahominy culture both on and off the tribal grounds.

Last weekend, Seahorses attended the 67th annual Pow Wow, which was especially meaningful, as it is the first since the tribe was recognized by the federal government in January.

As is tradition, the group managed recycling for the event. In exchange for the help, the tribe donates all cans from the Pow Wow to the school’s oyster aquaculture program. CCS Director of Waterfront Programs and Sustainability Will Smiley takes the cans to Middlesex Metals and the proceeds are used to purchase spats (baby oysters).

Students also put interview skills, which they’ve been working on in English class, to the test by interviewing members of the tribe, including Assistant Chief Wayne Adkins. This year, Virginia Senator Mark Warner was at the Pow Wow, and students also had the opportunity to interview him.

The 9th-graders will see the Chickahominy Tribe again in a couple of weeks, on the students’ annual Immersion Trip.

posted 09.27.2018

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