4th Annual Chicone Village Day coming to Handsell

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Special to Dorchester Banner/Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance
Weaving and cooking skills demonstrated at Chicone Village Day 2015.

VIENNA — The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance is sponsoring the 4th Annual Chicone Village Day at Handsell on Indiantown Road in Vienna, Dorchester County from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 30.

The Chicone Village Project, begun in 2013 with the ground breaking of an authentic native dwelling lodge or longhouse has expanded now to include not only the first functional, authentically-built native dwelling in Maryland, but also a native garden and the just completed Native Work Shelter.

In addition, two new interpretive signs are being “unveiled” including one to identify native trees along the “Handsell Nature Walk” which leads to the Chicone Cree.

All are welcome to come to Handsell on this special day designed to honor the historic culture of the Eastern Woodland Native People who resided on this location.

The Public can see the Chicone Longhouse and Garden and witness life of the native people by cultural historic and native interpreter, Daniel Firehawk Abbott, the Pocomoke Indian Nation and representatives from the Lenni-Lenape of Delaware. Demonstrations will include the burning of a dug-out canoe, cooking, weaving, chipping of implements and garden plants. There will be artifact displays by Terry Crannell and archaeologist Ed Otter, PhD who has done excavations at Handsell.

For a $10 donation, visitors can sample a plate of native inspired food and beverages at the “Native Food Tent” between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or until the food runs out! The NHPA’s “Native Cookbook” is also available for purchase along with other Handsell items. Admission Free and open to the public.

Information on both events can be found at www.restorehandsell.org.

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