The Igbo people will celebrate their culture in Staunton this weekend. They are having a “family reunion” at the Frontier Culture Museum, and everyone is invited.
At the museum, there is an authentic West African farming village: the only museum to have an exhibition built by the Igbo people in the tradition of their native land.
Some of the activities will take place there this weekend, as well as the main pavilion of the Frontier Culture Museum.
Nigerian Kings and Chiefs are in Staunton to talk about their legacy and what to expect. One of the things they’re working on is DNA testing for people who come to join in on the festivities.
Denver Beaulieu-Hains attended the first year when a friend invited her. She said that as she learned more about Igbo traditions, she began to connect with her childhood and the things her family did. She had her DNA tested there, and found out that she did indeed belong.
âIt’s almost like a spiritual awakening happening. Now I realize that when I have grandchildren, I will actually be able to tell my grandchildren where we are from,â Beaulieu said- Hains.
The Igbo people were among the first slaves brought to Virginia at the start of what would become the United States. They brought skills and vegetables that the âNew Worldâ had never seen at the time that fundamentally transformed the region and took root in modern culture.
The Igbo family reunion helps the descendants of these people reclaim their past.
A dozen Nigerian kings and chiefs are there to educate the audience on the different segments of their conference and the importance of their culture in the Americas and the world at large.
The celebration will continue throughout the weekend with an African Igbo Cultural Extravaganza on Saturday afternoon and a gala on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, a non-denominational religious service will take place.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.