American Indian Town

Explore Coastal Algonquian culture and history in American Indian Town, an exhibit that’s new to Roanoke Island Festival Park. The town represents an American Indian community similar to what the English explorers investigated and surveyed during their voyages to Roanoke Island and the surrounding area in the late 16th century. Visitors follow paths that wind through the park. Homes, agricultural areas, and work shelters line the paths and await visitors’ discoveries.

Two longhouses represent the historical homes of American Indians from the region. One of the longhouses interprets the home of a leader from the community, and stretches over 30 feet long. A smaller and partially completed longhouse includes an interactive component that invites visitors to help complete the structure. Both areas contain interactive exhibitry that focuses on the developing relationship between the American Indian and English peoples during the late 16th century. The ceremonial dance circle is also located here.

The exhibit has a planting and harvesting area where visitors can learn the advanced nuances of American Indian farming techniques. Three work shelters include activities like cordage (rope) making, mat and basket weaving, net mending, food preparation, tanning hides, fishing, boat building and gathering.

EXHIBITS & ACTIVITIES

Garden area in American Indian Town at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Harvesting

Young family visiting the longhouse in American Indian Town at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Longhouse

Fishing net exhibit in American Indian Town at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Net Making

Two girls making rope in American Indian Town at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Cordage Making

Kids scrapping in the inside of the dugout canoe in American Indian Town at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Canoe Making

Kids weaving baskets in American Indian Town at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Weaving

Girl building a longhouse in American Indian Town at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Building

Family group visiting the dance circle in American Indian Town at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Ceremony Dance Circle

"We are history buffs and enjoyed the exhibits here very much. The outdoor exhibits were well done, with informative displays and engaging interpreters. The indoor museum and film were also excellent. This is an attraction that both adults and kids would enjoy--and its setting was very enjoyable for us. So glad we visited!" - Ellen B.