Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Anacostan Fishing Village Site Was Found in SW DC in 1866!

Thanks to DC Historian, Hayden Wetzel, we'll soon have an additional item on the Once As It Was DC map - Indian relics were found in SW DC when the James Creek Canal was being built in 1866! (Page 3 of 12/20/1866),

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Sacred Tree for Indigenous People of Melbourne, AU

As part of my Christmas day, I visited the Sacred Tree and Indigenous People's Reserve in Albert Park, which happens to be across from where I'm staying in Melbourne, AU.
The tree is a central element of an Indigenous People's area in Albert Park. It was first marked by the City in 1952.
Now it consists of a group of paths with additional markers for native plants and seating areas where ceremonies are held.
Here is the detailed marker that explains the history of the sacred gum tree that is believed to be between 300-500 years old.
It's wonderful that the tree was saved from development, but the roadway does come very close to the base of the tree.
Here's a full shot of the Ngargee tree.
 We'll be lucky to have even a much smaller area to mark the history of the Anacostan Natives of DC!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The DC Acknowledgement of the Anacostan People

Here is the text of a basic Acknowledgement of the Anacostan People of Washington, DC that was composed with the guidance of Chief Jesse James Swann Jr, of the local Piscataway Conoy Tribe. Please pass it on to organizations who may like to use it to open their meetings.
We acknowledge that this meeting is taking place on the traditional land of the Anacostan People of the Piscataway Tribe.
And here it is when it was first used on Oct 8, 2019 by City Councliman, David Grosso

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bolling Plans to Add Native History to It's Website!

Today, Abigail Meyers, an associate PR person at Bolling, called to inform me that the Base is working on adding information on it's Native history to the Base website !

It probably won't be more than 1 or 2 paragraphs, but even that will be much greater than zero!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

1936 News Reports on the Anacostan Remains Emailed to Bolling Base


Dear Ms Kelty,
Attached are 3 news articles from 1936 reporting on the Anacostan remains that were found on the Base.
The source of these items and a more extensive discussion of the ossuaries found at Bolling can be found in this 1999 book by Dennis Curry, Feast of the Dead: Aboriginal Ossuaries in Maryland.
Until you correct me about the absence of any historical markers on the Base regarding its extensive Native history, I will continue to discuss it as I have in this recent letter in the Washington Post (attached).
Best wishes,
Armand Lione, Ph.D.
DC Native History Project

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Where to find the latest updates about the DC Native History Project

This blog, started in 2016, includes the basics that led to the collection of volunteers who now form the DC Native History Project.

During the last month, there have been a number of developments relating to the commemoration of the Anacostans on Capitol Hill and in DC.
- Garfield Park Native History Day
- Presentations on Anacostan history to the students of Gonzaga High School and UDC.
- Comments on the content of the new ATT GW CITT app, A Guide to Indigenous DC, led to this letter on Sept 7, 2019 in the Washington Post (p. A 17).

Details and pictures from the above events can be found on this link.
Some double postings may be done in the future, but checking the Facebook page for the
DC Native History Project will probably get you the quickest updates for new events.