Indian Discovery Day

September 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Historic St. Mary's City
18751 Hogaboom Ln
St Marys City, MD 20686
$10 adult; $9 senior; $6 youth; free to ages 5 and younger, and to Friends members
Visitor Center
(240) 895-4990

Explore and celebrate Indian lifeways and culture.  Learn skills, try crafts, watch demonstrations, and gain a new appreciation for the people that called this land home before Maryland was founded.

Ongoing hands-on demonstrations and displays:
Native bounty – View the edible plants the Woodland Indians would have gathered.
Hide Tanning – a skill necessary to make clothing
Mat making and cordage – Learn how the Yaocomaco would have used natural elements for shelter.
Canoe burning – Investigate how the Yaocomaco used fire as a tool.
Yaocomaco kitchen – Discover what methods the Woodland Indians used in cooking, including drying meats and vegetables, corn grinding, and roasting meat on a spit.
Pottery – Create a piece of pottery, using clay found in the St. Mary’s River.
Fire starting
Needle making and copper polishing – Practice the important skill of patience by grinding bones to make needles, and polishing copper with sand.

At 1:00 p.m., enjoy a performance by the Tayac Territory Dancers as they drum, dance, and teach the living traditions of the Piscataway.

Thank you to Nat Salzman of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, and to our friends at Chesapeake Public Charter School.

The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation is closed today. Please visit our other sites: the reconstructed Brick Chapel of 1667, the Town Center, the Maryland Dove, the reconstructed State House of 1676, and the St. John’s Site Museum.