Woodland Discovery Day Celebrates History of the Yaocomaco Indians

A demonstration on the creation of arrowheads and other tools. (Photo by Katie Henry)
A demonstration on the creation of arrowheads and other tools. (Photo by Katie Henry)
On Saturday, Sept. 11, students and visitors alike came to Historic St. Mary’s City to experience the Woodland Indian Discovery Day, a day of activities devoted to the history of the Yaocomaco tribe.

The Yaocomaco were a part of the Eastern Woodland Indians, and were the first group whom the Maryland settlers made contact with.

During the event, which has been going on since at least 1984, guests both old and young were able to discover how Woodland Indians such as the Yaocomaco were able to live comfortably off all of the natural resources around them.

There were various demonstrations, such as shaping canoes with fire, curing deerskins, making clay beads, and building Indian houses.

Guests were invited to take their turn at many of the tasks as well, trying out the skills that the Woodland Indians used to support their way of life.

“A lot of people enjoy watching and being a part of the traditional Native American dancing and songs”, said Coby Treadway, supervisor of the Historic St. Mary’s City Museum. “[I like] having all the different presenters with all their different skills, and watching them teach other people.”

The day proved to be a positive experience for many people, including St. Mary’s students.

“[Woodland Indian Discovery Day] worked as a fifth hour activity, and I’ve always been interested in learning more about the Native Americans from this area,” said First-year Nick Cook, “so it was a great opportunity to attend.”

The event ended at about 5 p.m., leaving its visitors happy and satisfied with all that they learned during the day.
It was both entertaining and educational, and needless to say, a success.

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