Monday, October 1, 2018

The Cost of Forgetting video

This 1.5 min video was added as a link to the Once As It Once Was map.
It tells the background of construction that was done on the site of the Anacostan Village that was once on Giesling Point in SE DC.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Once As It Was map of Washington, DC

You'll see the Melbourne, AU version of this map in the following post.
Here's the Once As It Was map for DC that was inspired by the Melbourne map!
Click the link below to go to the website. Each of the icons on the map will open a box explaining the Anacostan history that relates to site.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Once As It Was Map

Back in Melbourne, AU, at a local library, I found this poster that shows what the area looked like when the Indigenous Peoples lived here.
A future map of Washington, DC that shows our land when the Anacostan/Nacotchtank tribe lived here is now in the works!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The History of the Anacostan/Nacotchtank Indians in Washington, DC

Here's an article I put together that retells some of the major archaeological finds regarding the American Indians, the Anacostans, sometimes called the Nacotchtank, who lived in DC when the European settlers arrived in America. Click the link below to see the pdf:*

“Why Did the Anacostan Indians Choose to Live on Capitol Hill?”

                                Drawing from 1590s showing a Dog in a Virginia Native Village
The article discusses the roles dogs played in Native life.

*Note: the first pdf has been replaced with an updated version, including more information about the various names that have been used for the Anacostan/Nacotchtank natives of Washington, DC.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Los Angeles Prominently Acknowledges Its Native Peoples

If you visit the excellent "Becoming LA" exhibit at the LA Natural History Museum, you'll find this prominent description of their Native Peoples in the first room.  Hint-hint DC!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Virtual Marker on LOC Jefferson Building as Previous Native Farming Site

Here's a small site,, that allows you to place virtual markers at historic sites.
As part of a new collection called "Washington, DC - Native Places," the 1st pin is:

Previously used for farming by Native Indians, now the site of the Library of Congress buildings.,-77.005936,2/bounds/-48.75097,-152.767655,80.163186,-1.244217/pin/1035220

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Thanks for the Supportive Comments & 1590 Village Drawing!

This has been a great week when supportive comments about establishing a Native Village Marker on Capitol Hill have been sent by the following folk:

My continued thanks to the Staff at the Library of Congress, both for Reference help and excellent identification of important maps!!

Dr. Ruth Trocolli District Archaeologist, Washington, DC
Dr. Joe Watkins, Natioanal Park Service, American Indian Liaison Officer;Chief, Tribal Relations & American Cultures; and Supervisory Cultural Anthropologist

Elayne Silversmith (Diné), Librarian, Smithsonian Libraries, Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, Cultural Resources Center
Dr. GabrielleTayac, Member of the Piscataway Indian Nation and National Museum of the American Indian Historian 
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Above: 1590 drawing of an Indian Village (DC Indians used huts as shown, not teepees as on local maps)
Lost arrows : the story of the Indians in the District of Columbia / adapted by Elizabeth W. Rounds from data furnished by Neil M. Judd ; edited by Cleveland Park Community Library Committee, Washington, D. C. 1948 DC Library call #: 970.4JUV 970.4