Victoria Ferguson to Lead Monacan Pottery Demonstrations Ferguson’s sessions on March 10 and 11 are part of Winter Term programming at the Museums at W&L.
Washington and Lee University will host Victoria Ferguson, interim director of the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center at Virginia Tech, for a Monacan pottery demonstration on March 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reeves Museum of Ceramics. The two-day event is part of the Museums at W&L’s programming for the “Mother Clay: The Pottery of Three Pueblo Women” exhibit, which is open through April 29.
The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged: calendly.com/mwlu/monacan. No experience is necessary to participate.
Ferguson, who spoke at W&L’s annual Indigenous Community Meal in November 2022, is an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia. She will lead multiple sessions on March 10 and 11, demonstrating traditional Monacan pottery making and discussing the history and culture of Monacan pottery.
Ferguson has spent 25 years seeking first-person documentation and archaeological information to help explain and support theories on the daily living habits of the Eastern Siouan populations from pre-contact through the early European colonization period. She has written and presented work at W&L, Virginia Tech, Sweet Briar College, James Madison University and various archaeological conferences.