Mongrel Virginians: The Win Tribe

Mongrel Virginians: The Win Tribe

Mongrel Virginians: The Win Tribe

Mongrel Virginians: The Win Tribe

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Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Ab County, Virginia, is a group of people of mixed bloods, known locally by a certain term but designated here as the Win Tribe. The general population of Ab County consider them neither white nor negro. The Wins themselves claim to be of Indian descent. They are found in an area approximately eight miles long and varying in width up to four miles. There are about five hundred people in this group. They live generally in log houses or rough shacks; a few are in board houses. They are mostly renters on the land; a few own their own homes and land. Their main source of income is from tobacco raising on shares. Some few work as laborers for the white farmers near-by. One mission school of a church has furnished practically the only education offered to these folks. This mission also has had a chapel for some twenty . . .

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