Rite of Passage  LbNA # 21461

Placed DateApr 6 2006
CountyVirginia Beach city
LocationVirginia Beach, VA
Found By Dancin' Feet
Last Found Sep 4 2007
Hike Distance?

Rite of Passage:
A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person's life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood, single to married, or life to death.

First Landing State Park in Va Beach has an enrty free of $3 or $4 depending on when you go to get this box, and enjoy this awesome park...It is the most visited state park in VA for a reason. Go to the park from the main gate off Shore Drive. Refer to a local map to understand better its location. After paying the fees at the booth, drive another . 5 miles to the main parking area. This park is REAL crowded, because of its great trails. It attracts joggers, bikers, and hikers..even on weekdays. When finding the box, be SUPER descret. When you find it, you should be able to see an area a bit off trail to log in, and look like you are resting. I picked this spot, just because it offers a good area to disguise your activities, yet look real normal. You should see what i mean upon finding.

A ceremonial reburial for 64 pre-Colonial Chesapeake Indians was held in 1997, 15 years after their remains were unearthed by archaeologists in Virginia Beach. The Chesapeakes' new grave is in the sandy woods of First Landing/Seashore State Park, not far from where the tribe lived near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The remains were carried in by minivan from the storage shelves in state offices where they had been kept for years. The remains were divided into 40 small bundles wrapped in red cloth to represent peace and light. Tucked carefully into each bundle were pouches of corn and tobacco, which were staples of the tribe, along with an eagle feather to symbolize the flight of the spirit after death. The ceremony was simple. A chief of the Southern Cheyenne tribe tapped on a drum and sang a traditional song to wish the earthbound spirit a good journey to the Great Spirit. There was a prayer, and then some in the crowd of about 150 sprinkled sand into the grave as they left. This box is a tribute to them, and all Indians of Virginia...which is part of my heritage as well. See if you can locate the actual burial spot. It is visible from the parking lot.

Look 2-3 feet behind one of the "numbered" trail markers on the "Bald Cypress Trail".
I think there are less than 15 of them, so its up to you to figure out which one