Chief Anne Richardson

Chief Anne Richardson is the fourth consecutive generation of her family to lead the Rappahannock Tribe, the “people who live where the water rises and falls,” and one of 11 such entities to be officially recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia. During the pre-contact and early-colonial eras, the Rappahannock Tribe was among those affiliated with the Powhatan Confederacy. For more than three centuries, the Rappahannock people have been centered geographically in the Indian Neck area of King and Queene County, about three miles from the Rappahannock River, as the crow flies. During her interview, Chief Anne discussed her people’s spiritual relationship with the river, their physical connection to places like Fones Cliffs, and their feelings concerning recent conservation efforts, such as the removal of the Embrey Dam, near Fredericksburg.

Chief Anne Richardson Transcript

Biographical Details
About the Rappahannock people
Special places along the river
Relationships with other tribes
John Smith and Don Luis
Tribal relationship with the river
Spirituality and oral traditions
The Silent Years
The eagle is sacred
Healing the river
Fracking and other threats to the river
Rappahannock Tribe and Return to the River
Indigenous Cultural Landscape Project
Gift of land at Fones Cliffs

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