Chesapeake Traditions Today: Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians

Jul 2, 2020

The Delmarva Peninsula (present day Delaware, and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia), includes the traditional homelands of the Lenape, Nanticoke, Nause-Waiwash, Assateague, Pocomoke, and Accohannock peoples—all of whom continue to carry on their ancestors’ legacies today. To kick off this new series on Chesapeake traditions, we’re highlighting and paying homage to a community of the region’s first peoples.

In episode one, meet Donna Wolf Mother Abbott, Chief of the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians. Chief Donna will provide insight into the history and culture of her people, and the traditions and work carrying them into the future.

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