In a tradition dating back hundreds of years, Virginia's governor today accepted a tax tribute of deer and other Native American works. The tribute was presented by the chiefs of the Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes.
The tribute was first established in 1677 as part of a treaty between the tribes and the then-royal governor of Virginia. Governor McDonnell's office says it is the oldest continuing nation-to-nation ceremony in the United States.
In this year’s ceremony, Chief Carl Custalow presented the governor and first lady with a piece of pottery decorated with fish and turtles, a beaded feathered medicine bag and an eight point buck deer. Chief Kevin Brown presented them with a drum made by a Pamunkey artisan, a beaded barrette, and a deer.
McDonnell also announced that as soon as next year, there will be a new monument on Capitol grounds - a tribute to Virginia Indians. The Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission recently voted on a design and fundraising has begun for the new monument.