Indian Discovery Day

September 8, 2018 @ 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.

11:30 a.m.  Have you ever wondered how to make a fire without a match or lighter?  This demonstration will show you the tools and techniques necessary to get a flame started.  Afterwards, we invite you to give it a try.

12:00 noon  We can learn a lot about the native tribes of Maryland from their ceramic artifacts.  Find out how clay items were made and used, then try making your own.  Pinch pot and coil pot techniques will be demonstrated.  You’re welcome to take home your creation.

12:30 p.m.  Join us at the archery range and give one of the most ancient weapons a try.  Learn about the atlatl (throwing stick) and how it shaped humanity’s past.

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

1:30 p.m.  Working stone into projectile points requires a unique set of tools.  Find out what natural materials native knappers may have used to create their sharp points.

2:00 p.m.  Meet at the Nature’s Bounty area and take a short stroll around the Woodland Indian Hamlet.  Discover many different plants which the native Yaocomaco people would have used or eaten at this time of year.

2:30 p.m.  Come over to the Fire Hearth area as we reveal the catch of the day!  This demonstration will show how native foods are cooked over the fire, including the process of cooking fish encased in clay.

3:00 p.m.  Learn about the pottery of the Woodland Indians, and the firing process to turn clay into cookware.  This demonstration will mark the end of our pottery firing, which was ongoing throughout the day.  Please remember to pick up your pinch or coil pot, if you made one during the day.