About Our Guest

Karenne Wood is an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation and serves on the Monacan Tribal Council. She is currently a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Virginia, working to reclaim indigenous languages and revitalize cultural practices. She recently edited The Virginia Indian Heritage Trail, published by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, led the “Beyond Jamestown” Teachers’ Institute, and curated the “Beyond Jamestown: Virginia Indians Past and Present” exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

She was previously the Repatriation Director for the Association on American Indian Affairs, coordinating the return of sacred objects to Native communities. She has also worked at the National Museum of the American Indian as a researcher, and she directed a tribal history project with the Monacan Nation for six years. Wood held a gubernatorial appointment as Chair of the Virginia Council on Indians for four years, and she has served on the National Congress of American Indians’ Repatriation Commission.

Program Transcript

Jan Paynter: Hello. I’m Jan Paynter and I want to welcome you once again to our program Politics Matters. We are delighted to welcome our guest back today who’s Karenne Wood, Director of the Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Welcome again, Karenne.

Karenne Wood: Thanks. It’s great to be here.

Jan Paynter: Karenne, let’s explore the concept of manifest destiny. How is this idea, which was widely accepted in the history of the U.S., affecting the destiny of native peoples?

Karenne Wood: Well, a lot of White people believed that it was their destiny to control the entire continent and native people weren’t using the land properly and so it was up to the settlers, ultimately the Americans, to use the land correctly.

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