WINGAPO (pronounced win-gà-po)
– Welcome, my beloved friend
European colonists arriving in Virginia may have been greeted with, "Wingapo." Indians have lived in what is now called Virginia for thousands of years. While we are still learning about the people who inhabited this land, it is clear that Virginia history did not begin in 1607. If you ask any Virginia Indian, "When did you come to this land?", he or she will tell you, "We have always been here."
Explore these pages to learn more about the people now called Virginia Indians.
ICE AGE DISCOVERIES
Recent archaeological digs in Virginia have provided compelling evidence that humans inhabited Virginia at least 18,000 years ago, well before the Clovis culture and thousands of years before previously thought. CLICK HERE for information about pre-Clovis culture and to watch streaming video of Ice Age Discoveries.
CLICK HERE for a summary of Virginia Indians: Reclaiming Our Heritage, which will provide a history of Virginia Indians with primary emphasis on events from 1700 to the present.