Imagine gliding quietly, in a canoe or kayak, along five miles of water trails without seeing any man-made structures. Picture your very own Indian guide pointing out bird sanctuaries and historical ruins. Hear from "The Keeper of the Word" how the American Indians, the first watermen of the Chesapeake, lived in villages along such waterways. Learn how they fished from dugout canoes and trapped fish in weirs. Tribes feasted from our region's abundant waters and forests. Oysters, crabs, mussels, perch, shad, bass, trout, flounder, deer, partridge, turkey and rabbit were just some of the bounty they enjoyed. Discover how the American Indians welcomed European settlers into their villages and taught them to fish, hunt, plant crops, and to navigate the waterways and forests. Learn the Indian names for wildlife and the surrounding habitat. Explore archeological sites where arrowheads and other artifacts may be found in abundance. Take in the beauty of the same scenic wilderness that Captain John Smith traveled in 1608.
Experience firsthand the indigenous water trail of the Eastern Shore as we kayak through Bending Water Park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Our guide, Mike Hinman, is a member of the Accohannock Indian Tribe, and he will show us how indigenous tribes lived along and utilized the bounties of the Chesapeake. The price also includes lunch.