| Karenne Wood

Karenne Wood


Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


Director, Virginia Indian Heritage Program


Karenne Wood is an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation and served on the Monacan Tribal Council for 12 years. She directs the award-winning Virginia Indian Heritage Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, which won the Schwartz Prize from the Federation of State Humanities Councils in 2009, the highest honor given for work in the humanities. She is a PhD candidate and Ford Fellow in anthropology at the University of Virginia, working to revitalize indigenous languages and cultural practices. In April 2010 she was an invited speaker at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, where she addressed “The Politics of Writing.”

Wood was previously the Repatriation Director for the Association on American Indian Affairs, coordinating the return of sacred objects to indigenous communities and studying international issues involving intellectual and cultural property. She has 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, and she served on the National Congress of American Indians' Repatriation Commission.

Wood is the author of Markings on Earth, which won the North American Native Authors Award for Poetry, and the editor of The Virginia Indian Heritage Trail, a guidebook now in its third edition. She recently wrote a chapter on the history and cultures of Southeastern Indians for National Geographic’s Indian Nations of North America. She holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University.

Selected Publications

Markings on Earth. Phoenix: University of Arizona Press, 2001. Finalist for the Balcones Prize, 2002.

“Virginia.” in Native America: A State-By-State History, Daniel Murphree, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press (in press).

“Chapter 2: The Southeast” in Indian Nations of North America. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society (2010).

“’To Serve and to Learn’: American Indian Studies in Virginia” (with Samuel L. Cook). In Alliances: Partnerships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communities, Lynn Davis, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

“The Monacan Nation Pow Wow: Symbol of Indigenous Survival and Resistance in the Tobacco Row Mountains” (with Samuel L. Cook & John L. Johns). In Pow Wow: Native American Performance, Identity, and Meaning, Clyde Ellis, Luke E. Lassiter & Gary H. Dunham, eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (2005), 201-223.

“The Monacan Nation Pow Wow: Symbol of Indigenous Survival and Resistance in the Tobacco Row Mountains” (with Samuel L. Cook & John L. Johns), Southern Anthropologist (Spring 2004).

“Sacred Objects 4 Sale,” Native Peoples (August/September 2003), 14.

“Writing Collaborative History” (with Jeffrey L. Hantman & Diane Shields), Archaeology, 53:5 (September/October 2000), 56-59.

“Blue Mountains,” “Directions,” in The People Who Stayed, Geary Hobson, Janet McAdams & Kathryn Walkiewicz, eds. (Atlanta: University of Georgia Press, 2010), 29-32.

“Celebrating Corn,” “Making Apple Butter,” Foods of the Americas (Washington, DC: National Museum of the American Indian/Ten Speed Press, 2004).

“Red Hawk Woman,” “In Memory of Shame,” in Sister Nations, Heid Erdrich & Laura Tohe, eds. (Minneapolis, MN: New Rivers Press, 2002).

“Celebrating Corn,” in My Home as I Remember, Lee Maracle & Sandra LaRonde, eds. (Toronto, Ontario: Natural Heritage Books, 2000), 43-44.

“Endless Land,” in Feeding the Ancient Fires: A Collection of Writings by North Carolina American Indians, Marijo Moore, ed. (Greensboro, NC: The Crossroads Press, 1999), 29-31.

“Celebrating Corn,” in Gatherings Volume IX: The En’Owkin Journal of First North American Peoples, Greg Young-Ing, ed. (Penticton, B.C.: Theytus Books Ltd., 1998), 93.


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