Aboriginal Heritage Day in historic St. Mary’s

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – Join Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) for Aboriginal Heritage Day from 10 a.m.—4 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022. The annual event will be filled with ongoing demonstrations in the open-air museum’s Woodland Indian Hamlet exhibit area. Indigenous Heritage Day will be a culturally enriching family event for all ages and a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Don’t miss the performance by Mark Tayac and the Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers. From Tayac Territory (Port Tobacco, MD), “Mark Tayac travels with the Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers to present a colorful, educational and entertaining pow-wow style event featuring Indian dancing, drumming and song that tell the story, culture, and tradition.” Participate and join the American Indian dance and song session which is interactive for community members of all ages.

An exciting new addition this year will be Drew Shuptar-Rayvis and his “Eight Coats, Seven Shirts, Fifteen Fathom Wampum: Early Colonial Settlement and the First Deeds” program. This program is for children ages eight through adult. Drew Shuuptar-Rayvis will be on site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with demonstrations and discussions throughout the day. Its program will include topics such as: the interconnected relationships between the Dutch, Swedish, English and Algonquin peoples in their respective regions/colonies; the adaptation of Native American life to European settlement and trade goods, including the importance and use of wampum during this critical period along the Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic regions (south- west from CT to MD); the extent of early American cultural clashes through customs of war, adoption, captivity, alliance, friendships, and marriages between Natives, Europeans, and Africans; differences in concepts of land ownership and use; and the early overshadowed colonial conflicts: the Fisheries War, Kieft’s War, King Phillip’s War, and King William’s War.

Indigenous Heritage Day will take place outdoors, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. All activities will take place near the Woodland Indian Hamlet exhibit on the grounds of the Historic Town of St. Mary’s Museum.

Museum guests will also have the opportunity to learn the skills needed to make stone and bone tools, corn husk dolls, leather bags, hide tanning, pottery, food preparation and wampum making will be demonstrated throughout the day.

Cost: $10 adult; $9 seniors; $6 youth (6-18); and free for ages 5 and under and museum members).

Admission includes access to special activities.

Admission for the day will be available for purchase at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary (47414 Old State House Road) or HSMC Visitor Center (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, Md 20686)


Drew Shuptar-Rayvis (Pekatawas Makatawai’U “Black Corn”) holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Anthropology and Sociology from Western Connecticut State University and a Certificate in Archeology from Norwalk Community College. A true Mid-Atlantic American, his family includes Native Pocomoke heritage, Pennsylvania Dutch, Welsh, Swiss, English, Scots-Irish, Ukrainian Boyko, and Ashkanazi Jew. He honors all of his ancestors as a practicing living historian and participates regularly. in colonial era re-enactments, performances and public educational events. He studied Wampum reading and works diligently to research and preserve Eastern Woodland languages, particularly Renape and Mahican, and is educated in the many European languages ​​used during colonial times. He was the first Garden Director of the Western Connecticut State University Permaculture Garden and practices Native horticulture. In July 2021, Drew was elected by his Paramount Chief Norris Howard Senior and Vice Chief Norris Howard Jr. as Cultural Ambassador for the Pocomoke Indian Nation of Maryland.


Historic St. Mary’s City is a living history and archeology museum dedicated to telling the diverse stories of those who lived in this place now called Maryland. For more information about the museum, contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or [email protected]

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