Chickahominy

Chickahominy

The Chickahominy are an Indian tribe located in Charles City County, Virginia. They were among the first to welcome European settlers to shore.

About Chickahominy

The Chickahominy are a tribe of Virginia Indians who primarily live in Charles City County midway between Richmond and Williamsburg in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This area is not far from where they lived in 1600. The Eastern Chickahominy, who split from the main tribe in the 1900s, live in New Kent County, which is about 25 miles (40_km) east of Richmond. Both tribes are among the eleven officially recognized by the state. The Chickahominy ("The Coarse Ground Corn People", c.f. the name was given by the Ojibwe: zhishigo'aamin (meaning, "grain cracked by grinding") were an autonomous Algonquian-speaking tribe when the first permanent English settlement was founded at Jamestown in 1607. They were led by mungai ("great men"), who were part of a council of elders and religious leaders.

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