Norfolk/Tidewater Region Day Sessions

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Welcome to the Society for Applied Anthropology’s “Norfolk / Tidewater Region Day.”  The presentations and events scheduled for this day should be of particular interest to residents of the Norfolk area.  Anthropologists, and other applied social scientists have joined with interested residents to examine the region’s remarkably diverse heritage, its complex and challenging present, and its future as a world destination.  We are opening this day to the public free of charge as an expression of our commitment to engage with the public in an exploration of our shared social and cultural worlds.


Coastal Virginia and African American Sociocultural Ecologies, Past and Present (EPIC)

CHAIR: GEMEDA, Mekbib (EVMS)

ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS: SANTO, Avi (Old Dominion U), PLUNK, Andrew (EVMS), BRAXTON, Joanne (Coll of William & Mary), ALLSTON, Lynette (Chief, Nottoway Indian Tribe VA), HOLMES, Linda (Independent), HAMM LEE, Barbara (Another View Radio Show)

GEMEDA, Mekbib (EVMS) Coastal Virginia and African American Sociocultural Ecologies, Past and Present. The session will recount experiences of African Americans in a region of original entry to the Americas through a conversational exploration of memory, healing and resilience, and present some of the challenges in contemporary retelling and engagement of voices. Early and contemporary African American and Native American experiences, the story of African American midwives and a contemporary weekly radio show focused on African American perspectives will be explored to paint a small collage of the African American experience in the region. Academic efforts to map historical presence and current community engagement in the pandemic will also be discussed. gemedam@evms.edu (22-1)


Critical Conversations: Coastal Community Resilience and Adaptation to Flooding

CHAIRS: GRACE-MCCASKEY, Cynthia A. (ECU) and PAOLISSO, Michael (UMD)

GRACE-MCCASKEY, Cynthia A. (ECU) and PAOLISSO, Michael (UMD) Critical Conversations: Coastal Community Resilience and Adaptation to Flooding. This session will focus on critical questions or issues related to coastal community resilience and adaptation to flooding. We will focus specifically on how Norfolk and the surrounding communities are responding to challenges due to flooding, including current research and policy related efforts. We will also discuss interdisciplinary approaches to increasing community engagement and collaboration when addressing coastal flooding, and share strategies for highlighting critically important environmental and social justice issues. Although we will focus on the Norfolk area, topics discussed will be applicable to researchers and practitioners working throughout the world, and we encourage participation from anyone interested. (22-6)


Reclaiming the Narrative: Exploring the History of First Africans in Virginia through Descendant Engagement

An SfAA Critical Conversation

CHAIR: DANCE, Eola (Howard U)

ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS: BLAKEY, Michael, JONES, Joseph, HORNING, Audrey, and SCHEID, Dwayne (Colonial Nat’l Historical Park & Inst for Historical Biology-William & Mary), RHODES, Monica (Nat’l Park Foundation)

DANCE, Eola (Howard U) Reclaiming the Narrative: Exploring the History of First Africans in Virginia through Descendant Engagement. Join Colonial National Historical Park and the Institute for Historical Biology of William and Mary as we explore African American culture, life, and history in Virginia and the significance of community engagement, archeology, and ethnohistory in documenting and telling untold or marginalized histories. This “crucial conversation” highlights polyvocal approaches to community engagement and the importance of collaboration in navigating shared histories, with emphasis on empowering communities to tell their own stories. Team leads Dr. Michael Blakey, Dr. Joseph Jones, Dr. Audrey Horning, and Dr. Dwayne Scheid will be joined by National Park Foundation Director of Cultural Resources, Monica Rhodes, in discussing the African American experience and complex issues of remembrance, DNA analysis, oral history, and repatriation. (22-11)


Tsenacomacoh – A Discussion with Tidewater Region Tribal Nations 

CHAIR: TALKEN-SPAULDING, Jennifer (NPS)

PANELISTSChief Anne Richardson and Woodie Walker (Rappahannock Tribe), Chief Jerry Stewart and Jessica Phillips (Chickahominy Indian Tribe – Eastern Division), and Connor Tupponce (Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe)

TALKEN-SPAULDING, Jennifer (NPS) Tribal Nations of Virginia. From the piedmont to the coastal plain, the lands and waterways of Virginia are the homeland of seven federally recognized tribes. The Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe – Eastern Division, the Nansemond Indian Nation, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe and the Monacan Indian Nation all have unique connections to this place lived through the strength of generations. Join this roundtable discussion with several tribal leaders and citizens on a range of topics from ancestral lands to contemporary issues. (22-16)

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