Speaker Series


Regenerative Agriculture

Speaker: Anna Chaney, Farmer, Healer, Earth-keeper

Anna Chaney, a 13th generation native of southern Anne Arundel County, is the opening speaker in Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum's 2021 Speaker Series. Through her studies, Anna has learned that health begins in the soil and that truly nourishing food requires bio-complete, living soil. 

Join us as Anna discusses regenerative agriculture as a sustainable way to feed the world and bring health and balance back to Earth and all sentient beings.  

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Chesapeake ReMatriation: Piscataway Womanly Culture 

Speaker: Gabrielle Tayac, Ph.D. (Piscataway) Associate Professor of Public History, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University 

Indigenous cultural worldviews balanced feminine and masculine cycles in every aspect of life. Colonial and later assimilative policies sharply decimated these traditions. This presentation will first explore historic tribal losses and then celebrate revitalizations that have surged over the past 50 years. Rematriation is a newly expressed term that brings back wellbeing based on very old Piscataway values that honor environmental and human interdependence. In these times, both awareness and ethical practices benefit all Marylanders. 

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Historically Black Beaches of Southern Maryland and African American Ties to the History and  Culture of the Chesapeake Region 

Speaker: Vincent LeggettEducator, Author, and Founder and President of Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation 

Vince Leggett has devoted decades to documenting the contributions of African Americans to the history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay.  Join us as Vince recounts the legacy of Maryland’s historically Black beaches and shares his knowledge of the rich, but under-told stories of Blacks on the Chesapeake.  

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The Archaeology of Tattooing in North America and Beyond ​

Speaker: Aaron Deter-Wolf, Prehistoric Archaeologist, Tennessee Division of Archaeology 

The practice of tattooing the skin dates back at least 5,000 years before the ​present, and preserved marks on mummified remains demonstrate the existence of tattoo traditions in numerous ancient cultures from around the globe. Despite this antiquity and prevalence, the material culture of tattooing has been largely overlooked by archaeologists. Until recently there were very few definitive identifications of ancient tattooing tools or related artifacts in archaeological collections. This pattern has recently shifted, and since 2018 scholars have identified a series of artifacts that demonstrate tattooing in North America extends to at least the second millennium BCE. This program by Aaron Deter-Wolf of the Tennessee Division of Archaeology will discuss how archaeologists uncover and interpret evidence of tattooing, and describe recent discoveries from North America and beyond.                   ​                                                                                                           
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​​Vodou and the Use of Caves as Sacred Space in Modern Haiti ​

Speaker: Patrick Wilkinson, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland 

Vodou is intrinsic to both Haitian history and identity.  It is practiced by an overwhelming majority of the people in the country and in the global Haitian diaspora.  Western cultures have always been fascinated yet fearful of Vodou and have depicted it as witchcraft and worse.  Due to this pervasive misunderstanding, little recognition of the nuances of the modern practice of Vodou exists. This statement resonates particularly strongly with regard to the less public locations which serve as pilgrimage sites and in which Vodou is practiced across Haiti, such as waterfalls, caves, and other difficult-to-access spaces. In this presentation, Patrick will describe in detail the performance of an initiation ceremony that occurred in a cave outside of Cap Haitien at Fort Picolet in Northern Haiti, including the introduction to the mambo in her home, the trek out to Gwòt Klemzine, entrance into the cave, and the Mèt Tèt, (Master of the Head,) ceremony itself. 

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