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Piscataway Tribe (Conoy)

The Piscataway Indians were a small Algonquian tribe of what is now Maryland, relatives of the Nanticoke. Few records remain of their language, but it was clearly very closely related to Nanticoke and was probably a dialect of the same language. Like many east coast tribes, the Piscataway Indians were badly affected by European diseases after colonization and ended up merging together with neighboring tribes. Many Piscataway survivors migrated north to join the Lenape people in New Jersey, where their descendants live today. Other Piscataway people remain in tribal communities in the Maryland area.

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Piscataway Language Links

Nanticoke-Conoy Language Tree:
    Theories about Piscataway-Conoy language relationships compiled by Linguist List.

Piscataway Culture and History Links

Piscataway Indian Nation * Cedarville Band Of Piscataway Indians:
     Official homepages of two state-recognized Piscataway tribes of Maryland.
Piscataway Indian Museum and Cultural Center:
    Information about the Piscataway tribal museum in Maryland.
Conoy Tribe History:
    Article on the Conoy/Piscataway tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
A Closer Look at the Last Appearance of the Conoy Indians:
    Research paper examining historical documents about the Conoy tribe in the 18th century.
Piscataway Indian Day in Maryland:
    News article about the Piscataway Indian Festival and Pow-Wow.
Piscataway People:
    Wikipedia article on the Piscataway Indians.
Four Directions: Conoy/Piscataway:
    Timeline and links about Piscataway history.

Books for sale on the Piscataway Indians

Indians of Southern Maryland:
    Interesting book about the history and legacy of the Piscataway-Conoy and their neighboring tribes.
Meet Naiche: A Native Boy from the Chesapeake Bay Area:
    A good book for kids about the life and culture of a contemporary Piscataway Indian boy.
Minor Vocabularies of Nanticoke-Conoy:
    Historical text of words from the Nanticoke and Conoy dialects.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Los Piscataway:
Information about the Piscataways and their language in Spanish.
Piscataway Tribe:
Piscataway links page.



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