When was the last Indian Peace Medal presented? Would you believe last month? -Editor Costumed interpreter Jeffrey Villines presented a replica of a rare 1780 Indian Peace Medal to John Standing Deer Jr., cultural ambassador of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, who accepted the medal May 12 on behalf the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. At far left, is Erik Goldstein, Colonial Williamsburg's curator of mechanical arts and numismatics. At far right, is Buck Woodard, manager of Colonial Williamsburg's American Indian Initiative.
Early this year, the foundation acquired the original medal produced by order of Gov. Thomas Jefferson in 1780. The medal is currently exhibited in the introductory gallery of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
Commemorating an unidentified Revolutionary-era alliance between Native tribes and the Commonwealth, the "Happy While United" peace medal was cast in bronze by Robert Scot ĘC later chief engraver at the U.S. Mint ĘC in Williamsburg or Richmond.
To read the complete article, see: Peace Medal presented to Eastern Band of Cherokee in Colonial Williamsburg (indiancountrytoday.com/living/tourism/46723532.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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