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Eight Coats, Seven Shirts, Fifteen Fathom Wampum: Early Colonial Settlement and the First Deeds

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024

Location: William Paca House & Garden, 186 Prince George Street

Time: 12:00 pm (EST) - 2:00 pm (EST)

Stop by the William Paca House to meet Drew Shuptar Rayvis, an Algonkian Living Historian, and hear from him about the indigenous peoples who inhabited this area by the Chesapeake Bay.

The year is 1695 and Annapolis is the new capital of colonial Maryland. Explore the interconnected relationship between European settlers and the Algonkian peoples and learn about the adaptation of Native American life to colonial settlement.

This drop-in program will highlight the earliest American culture interactions and clashes through customs of war, adoption, captivity, alliance, friendships and marriages between Natives, Europeans and Africans. View traditional objects such as furs, gourd bows and necklaces.

This program is recommended for ages 8 and up. Registration available, but not required.

Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation)

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The program is supported in part by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. To discover more about the Arts Council and the impact of the arts on Anne Arundel County, visit



About Our Presenter: Drew Shuptar-Rayvis (Pekatawas MakataweU “Black Corn”) holds a cum laude Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Western Connecticut State University and a Certificate Degree in Archaeology from Norwalk Community College. A true American of the mid-Atlantic region, his family includes indigenous Pocomoke heritage, Pennsylvania Dutch, Welsh, Swiss, English, Scots-Irish, Boyko Ukrainian and Ashkanazi Jewish. He honors all his ancestors as a practicing living historian and regularly participates in Colonial-era reenactments, interpretations and public educational events. He has studied and become proficient in the reading of Wampum and works diligently in the research and preservation of the Eastern Woodland languages, particularly Renape and Mahican and is educated in the many European languages at use in the Colonial Period. He was the first garden manager of Western Connecticut State University’s Permaculture Garden, and practices Native horticulture. In July 2021, Drew was elected by his Paramount Chief Norris Howard Senior and Vice Chief Norris Howard Junior as Cultural Ambassador of the Pocomoke Indian Nation of Maryland.

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