Piscataway Indian Nation and Tayac Territory
Welcome to the Piscataway Nation and Tayac Territory Web Site! This page is dedicated to the Piscataway ancestors and the generations yet to come. Here, you can learn our history, our culture, and look through our Archive for historic documentation, information and photos.
Our What is New?/Events section covers current Piscataway activities and announces the latest news and happenings throughout Tayac Territory and beyond. The Tayac Family section introduces the Piscataway Chief, Billy Red Wing Tayac and his family. Use our Favorite Links page to check out other web sites of interest to First Nations people. View numerous photos in our Photo Album sections.
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Speakers and Culture Bureau
Contact: Piscataway Indian Nation (301) 932-0808
The Flickering Flame of Indianism
The Life and Legacy of Chief Turkey Tayac
This 55 minute VCR tape tells the story of Chief Turkey Tayac (1895-1978) through interviews of family and friends. It was selected by the Smithsonian Museum in the Native American Documentaries and was shown in New York City in the National Museum of the American Indian and the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC. It has also been shown in many Native American communities and has won many awards.
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Chief Billy Redwing Tayac-
He is the present hereditary chief of the Piscataway Indian Nation and an American Indian Movement (AIM) leader and activist. He was a participant in many Native American struggles including Wounded Knee, Gankineh, Big Mountain, OK’a, Gustafson Lake, the Salvadorian Indian Movement, and the Ecuadorian Indian Movement. He has been Leonard Peltier’s advisor and spokesman for 24 years and was also the principal negotiator of Native American religion in Maryland and many federal penitentiaries and the Department of Interior.
Mark Wild Turkey Tayac-
The Tayac Territory Singers and Dancers, founded by Mark Tayac, is a nationally known native cultural group that has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, many colleges and universities, government agencies, and many schools. The group has also performed with many children’s groups and has received many awards from school districts, including the Prince William school district of Virginia.
Dr. Gabrielle Tayac-
Gabrielle is a curator of the National Museum of the American Indian. She is a Harvard graduate and a respected writer that has been published with many Smithsonian books, including “Meet Naiche: A Native Boy from the Chesapeake Bay Area.” Gabrielle has exhibits in the new National Museum of the American Indian.
Click the link below to be directed to the website of the National Museum of the American Indian
Historian Gabrielle Tayac, a Piscataway Indian who works for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, assesses the impact of the Jamestown settlement on North America's Native American population.
"Four hundred years ago in the land that we now know as Virginia, a foreign force catastrophically and irrevocably changed the lives of thousands of people who had been living on American soil since time immemorial. The foreigners spoke English, and they established the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown in 1607."Click here to read more from Gabrielle's article.