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Common Ground and Speaker Series: Return to a Native Place: Native People of the Chesapeake Region by Dr. Gabrielle Tayac

August 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Dr. Gabrielle Tayac

Historian at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Accokeek Foundation, Member of the Piscataway Indian Nation and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

Return to a Native Place: Native People of the Chesapeake Region  

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.


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“Return to a Native Place” exhibition 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.
Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, is an activist scholar committed to empowering Indigenous perspectives. Gabi earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Social Work and American Indian Studies from Cornell University. Her scholarly research focuses on hemispheric American Indian identity, multiracialism, indigenous religions, and social movements, maintaining a regional specialization in the Chesapeake Bay. Gabi served on NMAI’s staff for 18 years as an educator, historian, and curator. She engages deeply in community relationships and public discourse. Gabi took a two year journey to uplift the voices of indigenous elder women leaders, sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors prior to settling back at home. She is now an Associate Professor of Public History at George Mason University.

​​​​​​​This event is made possible by the generous support of Destination Southern Maryland (Southern Maryland Heritage Area), the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, and Maryland Humanities.

FREE WEBINAR for the public – Advance registration required.

This year’s speaker series will be offered virtually.

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August 4, 2021
7:00 pm


Historic Sotterley