Three Hundred Years of Indian Woods, 1717-2017. Tuscarora’s Reservation in North Carolina. Tercentenary Conference, October 7 – 8, 2017
The organizers of Neyuheruke 300 and Beyond (Neuyheruke.org) working in collaboration with Hope Plantation, Windsor, N.C., have planned a new three day conference and festival to commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of the creation of Tuscarora’s Indian Reservation in North Carolina in 1717. The event coincides appropriately on 7-9 October 2017 during Indigenous People’s (Columbus) Day weekend. Established by treaty between the Tuscarora Nation and the colonial government of North Carolina, the Indian Woods Reservation in Bertie County served as a preserve for those Tuscarora who remained in North Carolina following the Tuscarora War of 1713-15. One of the pivotal turning points of America’s colonial era, the burnt earth campaign waged by North and South Carolina’s colonial governments with the aid of Indian allies essentially uprooted the Tuscarora from their thousand year homeland on the Carolina coastal plains between the Albemarle Sound and the Cape Fear River.
Titled “Three Hundred Years of Indian Woods, 1717-2017” the conference features a wide range of scholarly, commemorative, and family activities over the three day holiday weekend. No place could be more suitable for the conference as Hope Plantation was the home of North Carolina’s governor David Stone, who along with his father Zedekiah served as commissioners for the adjacent Tuscarora Reservation and subsequently leased some of its lands from the Tuscarora Nation. The conference goal is to explore the history, archaeology, and cultural life of Indian Woods reservation from its creation by the colony of North Carolina in 1717 through 1804 when it was leased to the State of North Carolina; including and documented memories of the reservation until the 20th and 21st centuries.
In addition to examining the history of Indian Woods, the conference features an authentic “Three Sisters” garden planted with corn, beans, and squash seeds preserved by Tuscarora farmers on their subsequent Tuscarora Reservation near Niagara Falls, NY. The garden will be harvested during the conference as visiting Tuscarora demonstrate the many uses of corn products and other native plants. Other traditional Tuscarora crafts, arts, and music will enliven the conference as well. Throughout the three day festival, the historic Hope Plantation will be open for tours and other activities.
While many of the activities of the conference are for the general public, registration is required to attend some of the lectures, meals, and for tours.
Click here to register for the conference.