Contemporary Indigenous Life in the Mid-Atlantic with Jess McPherson

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Contemporary Indigenous Life in the Mid-Atlantic with Jess McPherson

Making the Visible the Invisible. A week-long introduction to the region’s Native communities, including history, culture, and arts.

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Period Three
1:00 pm
Period Four
2:30 pm
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This is a week-long introduction to the region’s Native communities, recognized, unrecognized, detribalized and urban. This class will look at various communities including brief recent histories, current events, challenges, and important initiatives. This will introduce participants to an array of communities to visit and support.

Limit: 15 students, ages 16 and up.

Materials fee $40 includes beadwork and wampum supplies.

Students should bring: spray glue, white paper, pen or pencil, N95 mask, towels, shallow bucket. 

Topics include the following:

Applique Beadwork with Louis Campbell

Students will learn single or double needle applique beadwork techniques used commonly in Native American dance regalia, useful to students interested in creating stand-alone pieces or embellishing other materials. 

Cross Cultural Collaborations: Building a Longhouse with Jess McPherson and the Circle Legacy Center and Mennonite Life

A discussion on efforts at Honor and Healing between the anabaptist community and Indigenous peoples of the Lower Susquehanna. This discussion will be centered around collaborative work between lead partner organizations, the Circle Legacy Center and Mennonite Life (formerly Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society), to create the Lancaster Longhouse at the 1719 Museum. The challenges, successes, and unexpected learning in more than a decade of work shared will benefit communities seeking to engage in meaningful partnership, historical and cultural institutions creating interpretive sites, and interested humans in partnerships across communities.

Traditional Wampum Making with Shane Rader

This session will feature a demonstration and explanation of how wampum was made using traditional natural materials and tools. Participants will create their own piece using traditional methods.

Spotlight on Regional Tribes: The Pokomoke, featuring presenters from the Pokomoke Indian Nation

Advocacy and meaningful support begin with conversation. Join tribal historians and tradition bearers for this virtual presentation about the Pocomoke Indian Nation, prehistoric and historic contact periods based on primary document research, including a discussion on current Tribal affairs. This program is estimated to last 60 to 120 minutes depending on participation during the question and answer portion. The honorarium for this program will be paid directly to the Pocomoke Indian Nation, Inc., 501(c)(3).

Eight Coats, Seven Shirts, Fifteen Fathom Wampum: Early Colonial Settlement and the First Deeds (1650-1690) with Drew Shuptar-Rayvis

Explore the interconnected relationships between the Dutch, Swedes, English and Algonkian peoples in their respective regions/colonies. Track the adaptation of Native American life to European settlement and trade goods, including the importance and use of wampum through this critical period along the Atlantic and mid-Atlantic regions. Understand the magnitude of the earliest American culture clashes through customs of war, adoption, captivity, alliance, friendships and marriages between Natives, Europeans and Africans. Contrast the discrepancies in the concepts of land ownership and usage. Discuss the overshadowed early colonial conflicts: the Peach War, Keift’s War, King Phillip’s War and King William’s War.


Something For Everyone

Schedule a week or two, or three! Or, just sprinkle some classes in between other commitments.

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