The Chapel Hill Historical Society
The Occaneechi Tribe of the Saponi Nations in and around Orange County
John Blackfeather Jeffries
Presentation and Reception
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
523 East Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC
John "Blackfeather" Jeffries is a native of Orange County and a member of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, where he currently serves on the Tribal Council. In 1991, he co-founded the Traditional Occaneechi Heritage Foundation, an organization that teaches the Native tradition and culture. Jeffries has mastered many traditional crafts and tools of his ancestors, and he is a frequent presenter about the Eastern Woodlands Native Americans. He is an old -style dancer, participating in and promoting local Pow Wows. Collaborating with Occaneechi State Park staff, Jeffries ensures representation of Native culture as part of the park. With the cooperation of the Orange County Board of Commissioners and Hillsborough Town Board, he has planned the construction of a local village, as informed by excavation by the UNC-CH departments of archeology/anthropology. Learn more at the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation web site.