Monday, September 26, 2016

1892 Nanticoke Indians - Relics seekers on Delmarva



The Pittsburg Headlight, a Pittsburg, Kansas newspaper, in it's Thursday, August 11, 1892 issue posted the following news item from Salisbury Maryland. Mr. Dinwiddie, from the National Bureau of Ethnology and Archeology, has been on the Maryland Eastern Shore for several days, seeking information of the long extink tribe of Indians known as the Nanticokes. He has thransversed the entire length of the Nanticoke River with local assistants, visiting the mounds and graves of the tribe. At the riverside village of Riverton there was considerable pottery found and one human skeleton unearthed which is believed to be a long departed brave. There also was the skeleton of a large huge framed dog , with savage teeth, indicating he being of a savage existence. These Nanticoke Indians are supposed to have departed these native hunting grounds about the year 1760 to move westward.

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