The Accohannock Indian Tribe is one of the oldest historical tribes in Maryland. They are an Algonquian-speaking sub-tribe of the Powhatan nation. They were watermen, hunters, farmers, and trappers on the Chesapeake Bay waters and wetlands. The Accohannocks also were also hunters of waterfowl, deer, rabbit, squirrels, raccoons, bear and elk. Beginning in the sixteen forties, changes in colonial policy caused dispersion and assimilation, which weakened, then dismantled and prohibited the culture. They were forced to cede all authority and lands to the King of England and the powers representing him. With the loss of its land, self-government, the other aspects of the tribe were destroyed.
Though the Indians in Maryland were largely disinheritied, that is those few who survived, their culture lives on. Today their status is highly controversial in some sectors, those that claim their heritage struggle to keep it alive. The pow wow shown here is one example of that effort. This shot is of the grand entry where the chief and dignitaries greet the members and guest of the tribe.
You can learn more about these people and their history at their website
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bracasha75 (24517) 2007-03-24 15:22
Nice people there make intresthing work
i like it
scobert (5355) 2007-03-24 21:36
This is a very interesting photograph. It is not highly stylized or artistic. You didn't intend it to be. This is a good newspaper style documentary photo. Your masterful pow wow photo of the young boy probably would not be a good candidate for a social commentary unless it was about the boy himself, but it would look fabulous in an art gallery. Every photograph that we take has a specific purpose. Your narrative looks like it was written by an historian. Are you planning on publishing a book?
asajernigan (21102) 2007-03-24 21:46
Thanks for giving us this look into a culture that has all but disappeared. Your composition and POV are great with nice lighting and colors.
Spyder (716) 2014-09-11 1:29
White man could have learnt so much from the Native people, but instead looked upon them as "Savages" because they weren't Christians.
I was brought up in Québec, Canada, in the '50's- '60's, and the history of the Native people was condensed into a few lines, while much was made of the English-French wars, and the great "discoveries" on the North American continent by the white man.
I have a group of friends here in France who are very interested in the history of the 'red man', and have festivals with real tee-pees, costumes, make-up and cowboys too. They are part of an association that offers help to Native People on the western plains.
- Copyright: Ned Messerschmidt (nmess) (2301)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Event
- Camera: Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 24-85 MM f/2.8-4D IF AF Zoom, RAW @ ISO 400, UV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Let's Pow Wow [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-24 15:20
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