Exploring Marylands Roots

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Visit a Woodland Indian Village

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Theodor de Bry's engraving of the woodland indian village.

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The first "Marylanders" were not the English people who sailed here aboard the Ark and Dove. They didn't cross the ocean for a new life. They didn't think of this land as a new opportunity or a chance to escape.

The native Woodland Indians of Maryland just thought of it as home.

Day after day for hundreds of years, Woodland Indians lived off the rich lands and rivers in the land that became the Maryland colony. They built homes, weapons, and tools from the rocks and trees. The Woodland Indians used and respected the land. They had to in order to survive.

Now, take a step back in time and explore a Woodland Indian village. In this activity, you can learn about Woodland Indian customs and activities. You can learn how they built their homes and canoes. You will see drawings by some of the earliest explorers of the area. You can even look at photographs of a recreated Woodland Indian village.

Your gateway to the past is an engraving* done by Theodor de Bry in 1590. De Bry made the engraving after seeing the accounts of English explorers named John White and Thomas Harriot. Using one of their drawings and modern research, explore Woodland Indian village. Move your mouse different parts of the village to highlight an object. Then click the highlighted area to learn how Woodland Indians worked and lived. Just click "Back to the Engraving" to return to the drawing. Enjoy your visit!