Thursday, October 7, 2010

Smithsonian Curator to Discuss Native Americans of the Chesapeake Region

CHESTERTOWN—Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, will discuss the lives of the Native American peoples of the Chesapeake region when she visits Washington College on Tuesday, October 19.

In “The Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake,” Tayac will describe the lives of the Nanticoke, Powhatan, and Piscataway nations Chesapeake. The talk will take place at 5 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall.

A member of the Piscataway Indian Nation and Tayac Territory, Tayac co-founded the League of Indigenous Sovereign nations. Her grandfather, Turkey Tayac, was the last traditional Piscataway chief and medicine man.

Gabrielle Tayac is a graduate of Cornell and earned her PhD at Harvard, where she researched the history and collective identity of the Piscataway people from the 1500s through 1998. She is the author of Meet Naiche: A Native Boy from the Chesapeake Bay Area, a children’s book that follows the daily life of a contemporary 11year-old Piscataway/Apache boy.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For information contact Darnell Parker at

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