Welcome O’syio! Hello, and welcome to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia where the Native American spirit is alive and well.
West Virginia is home to thousands of Native American descendants despite the fact that our state does not currently provide a home to any federally recognized tribes. However, there are numerous state recognized Native American Groups and organizations throughout the state.
West Virginia’s Native American HeritageThe Adena and Hopewell are the first recorded tribes known to have built their homes and burial mounds in West Virginia as far back as 1000 BC. Evidence of their presence can be found every time a farmer plows his field, but if you are looking for an experience, you should visit the Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, WV. It is the largest Adena burial mound in the United States and was built around 250 BC.
In the 1600’s other tribes began to move into West Virginia and by the 1700’s the Ohio River Valley was populated by the Shawnee, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Cherokee, Lenape, Monacan and Tuscaroras.
We are located in Huntington, WV and at one time, our valley was within the northern boundary of the Cherokee Nation.
West Virginia’s mountain and caves provided the perfect hiding place for our ancestors during the sad years of the great Indian removal, now called the Trail of Tears. Because some chose to hide, they did not get counted on the reservation census rolls. At one time the Cherokee in this area were referred to as the “people of the caves.” To this day, many of our ancestors still keep the secret of their heritage.