Nause-Waiwash Tribe (Nanticoke)
(sometimes spelled Nassue-Waiwash)
This group of about 300 people are descendants of the original Nanticoke Indians, whose home was/is the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Their name, Nause-Waiwash (nah-soo WAY-wash), is a reference to two Nanticoke ancestral villages. Based in Dorchester County, Maryland, the Nause-Waiwash are the remnants of what Europeans call Nanticoke, Choptank and Pocomoke tribes who fled into the marshes in the 1700s. These three names (Nanticoke, Choptank and Pocomoke) are the names of the three major rivers in the area, which are tributaries of the majestic Chesapeake Bay. These "Indians" or Native Americans were first "discovered" by the famous Captain John Smith during his exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in 1609, and are well documented in his writings and history books everywhere.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE NAUSE WAIWASH BAND OF INDIANS
NAUSE WAIWASH BAND OF INDIANS: Pride in preserving our history, enhancing our culture and maintaining our traditions through education; now and for generations to come.
Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We accept tax deductible charitable contributions in support of our mission. We are currently working on restoring our longhouse and having it placed on the historic register; restoration and upkeep of Wesley Chapel; striving for formal recognition by the State of Maryland; preparing for our annual festival; producing & mailing a monthly newsletter; and many other community projects. Please send us your most generous contribution by check or money order today - at the address below - and join with us to preserve the culture of America's original inhabitants. Thank you for your support!
"We know we're here. We've never left." . . . "We want the state of Maryland and all to acknowledge they didn't kill us all, that some of us managed to survive."
Chief Sewell Winterhawk Fitzhugh
Call Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, Inc.
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Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, Inc.
2363 Elliott Island Road
Vienna, MD 21869-9600