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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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