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24th Annual Monacan Powwow
May 21-22, 201

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Interior of the Museum
Inside the Monacan Museum

The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia is a small tribe today, composed of about 1,700 people, located in the Amherst County area near Lynchburg and recognized as a tribe by the State of Virginia. Our culture in this region dates back 10,000 years, and the original territory of our tribe comprised roughly half of the state of Virginia, including most of the Piedmont region. We are one of the oldest groups of indigenous people still existing in our ancestral homeland, and we are the only group of Eastern Sioux in the state.

The Monacan community today centers around Bear Mountain in Amherst County. At this site, a log cabin was built in the late 1870s and used as a church for the Indian people. Later, it functioned as a school. Today, the log cabin is a recognized National Historic Landmark.

The Episcopal Church has operated an Indian Mission here, since 1908 and in 1995 it returned 7.5 acres of land to the Monacan Nation. In the late 1960s, the school it conducted was discontinued after Monacans petitioned to attend public schools.

Our tribal museum is located at this site, developed by the Monacan people with grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Sweetgrass Foundation, and the Easley Foundation. The log cabin is presently being restored, and the museum is equipped with proper technology for storing and displaying artifacts. Many artifacts are now displayed at the museum, with plans to acquire more displays over time.

The Monacan Ancestral Museum is staffed and operated by volunteers within the tribe. committed to preserving the rich legacy of the tribe's history and culture.


Monacan Museum Hours:
Please call the museum or the Tribal Hall to arrange your visit to the museum.
Due to the drastic changes of the weather in this area, the museum will not be open during storms or snow.
There is a $3.00 per person fee to tour the museum.

Membership Information Monacan Indian Museum Heritage Foundation

Please mail tax deductable donations for the Museum to:

       Monacan Ancestral Museum Fund
        2009 Kenmore Road
        Amherst, VA  24521
        (434) 946-5391

Directions to the Museum (via MapQuest)

The History of the Monacan People

For more information, please contact us.


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