On Wednesday, August 4that 7:00pm, Sotterley’s 2021 virtual programming continues as Dr. Gabrielle Tayac discusses the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian exhibit she curated,Return to a Native Place: Native People of the Chesapeake Region.

TheReturn to a Native Placeexhibit focuses specifically upon the Algonquian peoples of the Chesapeake region. –what is now Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware– the discussion will examine the continued Native presence in the region and provides an overview of the history and events from the 1600s to the present that have impacted the lives of the Nanticoke, Powhatan, and Piscataway tribes.
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???????A native of Greenwich Village, New York, Dr. Gabrielle Tayac has shown a lifelong commitment to indigenous peoples’ rights and histories. Gabrielle Tayac is a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation and belongs to the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Dr. Tayac is Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Accokeek Foundation and was appointed by Maryland’s Governor O’Malley to the Historic St. Mary’s Commission. She has lectured and consulted about indigenous issues across the country, including recently at the White House. Additionally, Tayac has published a number of academic articles relating to her research.

This presentation is made possible by the generous support of Maryland Humanities, and the Maryland Heritage Area Authority.  


Historic Sotterley

Historic Sotterley, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States, with a history dating back to the turn of the 18th century.

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