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Va. Indian tribes' history, culture to go online

Tuesday - 7/19/2011, 5:33am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities will create a comprehensive online repository of the state's Indian tribes' history and culture.

Virginia Indian Heritage Online will include archival images of treaties, court records, letters and multimedia programs. The two-year project will involve two foundation programs: the Virginia Indian Heritage Program and Encyclopedia.

Dominion Resources has provided $150,000 for the project, and the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has given $75,000.

Foundation staff members will visit tribal communities to scan photographs and documents, and collect oral histories from tribal elders and others. They'll also collect historic images housed in archives and other facilities. As content is added, it can be accessed in the online Encyclopedia Virginia.

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Online:

http://www.virginiaindianprogram.org

http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org


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