Indigenous Cultural Landscapes


Chicone Creek, a tributary of the Nanticoke River, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland


Indigenous cultural landscapes are evocative of the natural and cultural resources supporting American Indian lifeways and settlement patterns in the early 17th century. Important to descendant communities today, and to conservation strategies in the Chesapeake, this approach to understanding large landscapes is in ongoing research. Read the paper that was included in the comprehensive management plan for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and has since been updated. You can also view a video recorded in 2013 in which the concept is discussed.

Completed reports include a prototype methodology summary with recommendations for further research, and a pilot study of the Nanticoke River watershed using this prototype methodology. Further research is planned for other watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay area.

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