Nooherooka 300th Commemoration

Neyuheruke 300 is the official commemoration of a tragic battle that occurred on March 21-23, 1713—thirty miles from East Carolina University. The commemoration is a collaborative venture between the University and the sovereign Tuscarora Nation now located in the State of New York. East Carolina University’s campus is located at the heart of what was for a thousand years the Tuscarora homeland.

Greenville and Snow Hill, NC
21-23 March 2013



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21 March, Thursday | 22 March, Friday | 23 March, Saturday

21 March, Thursday—at East Carolina University

12:00pm Atlantic World Studies Seminar with ECU’s Atlantic World Studies Faculty, Brewster B, Room 104
“Indian history in Atlantic World Studies” featuring Daniel K. Richter
2:00pm Cultural Conclave: Arts and Crafts of the Tuscarora Nation, Mendenhall Student Center, Room 221, East Carolina University (The Conclave will continue on Friday in this same location.)
Demonstrations of traditional crafts and exhibitions of Tuscarora arts and culture
3:30pm Nooherooka 300—The Story, Mendenhall Student Center, The Great Rooms, East Carolina University

  • Welcoming Words—Alan White, Dean, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
  • “Rediscovering North Carolina’s Tuscarora Homeland,”  Larry E. Tise, Wilbur & Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History, East Carolina University
  • “Reconstructing Fort Nooherooka,” David Fictum, Department of History, East Carolina University
  • “A Virtual Tour of Fort Nooherooka Today,” Sharon Kibbe and Paul Lamere, Second Life Modeling Program, East Carolina University
5:00pm The Nooherooka 300 Exhibition, Joyner Library, East Carolina University

  • “The Maps of the Tuscarora Homeland and the Tuscarora War”– Larry E. Tise, Wilbur & Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History, ECU
  • Presentation of Exhibit Catalogue to Janice Lewis, Interim Dean, Joyner Library
  • “Deciphering the German Von Graffenried Map,” Chad Ross, Assistant Teaching Professor, East Carolina University
7:00pm Thomas Harriot Lecture, Mendenhall Student Center, Hendrix Theatre, East Carolina University

  • Musical Prelude: The Iroquois Indian Band (beginning at 6:30 pm)
  • Opening Event: Ganyonyok—Traditional Tuscarora Thanksgiving Address: “Words that Come before All Else”—presented by Neil Patterson, Jr.—Tuscarora Nation (in Tuscarora with translations)
  • Welcome and Opening of Nooherooka 300:  Marilyn Sheerer, Provost
  • Introducing the  2013 Harriot/Brewster/Voyages of Discovery Lecture:  Alan White, Dean, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
  • Harriot Lecture: “The Tuscarora War: Trade, Land, and Power,”–Daniel K. Richter, the Richard S. Dunn Director, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania
8:30pm Receptions—(1) Nooherooka Map, Phelps Anthropology Laboratory, Flanagan Building (2) Cultural Conclave Exhibition Area, Mendenhall Student Center, Room 221


22 March, Friday—at East Carolina University
*Nooherooka Tercentenary Symposium, Mendenhall Student Center, The Great Rooms, East Carolina University

9:00am The Tuscarora North Carolina Homeland

  • “The Tuscarora Homeland”—Vince Schiffert, Tuscarora Language and Heritage Teacher, Tuscarora School
  • “Representations of Tuscarora History”—Jolene Rickard, Cornell University
  • “The Skarù:ręˀ Language”—Francene Patterson, Tuscarora Nation
  • “Planting Seeds Seven Generations from Now–The Young People of the Tuscarora Nation”—Joanne Weinholtz, Culture Teacher, Tuscarora School
10:30am Break
11:00am The Tuscarora War in North Carolina in Perspective

  • “The Tuscarora Tragedy”—Stephen Feeley, Associate Professor, McDaniel College, Baltimore, MD
  • “Core Tom and the War’s Other Indians”–David La Vere, Professor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • “Historical Trauma & Cultural Revitalization”—Ruchatneet Printup, Tuscarora – Turtle Clan, Co-Producer of the documentary “Unseen Tears – The Impact of Native American Residential/Boarding Schools In Western New York.”
  • “Tuscarora Wampum Belts: Loss and Recovery”—Rick Hill, Designer,  Institute of American Indian Arts
12:30pm Lunch
12:45pm Dedication of the Nooherooka Tree, Woodland Green, adjacent to Howell Green House
2:00pm The Tuscarora Nation in North Carolina in Archaeology and Anthropology

  • “Discovering the Tuscarora Homeland in the Archaeological Record”—John E. Byrd, Ph.D. D-ABFA, Laboratory Director, Central Identification Laboratory, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
  • “The Archaeology and Architecture of Nooherooka Fort”—Charles Heath, Ph.D. Candidate, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Anthropology
  • “Unfolding the Nooherooka Story: Documents, Archaeology and ‘THE MAP'”–David Fictum, Dept. of History, ECU
3:30pm Break
4:00pm Conserving the Cultural Treasures of the Tuscarora Heritage

  • “Origins and History of the Nooherooka Map”–Mary Jo Fairchild, Curator, South Carolina Historical Society
  • “Analysis and Preservation of the Nooherooka Map”–Susanne Grieve, Director of Conservation, East Carolina University
  • “Preserving the Cultural Remains of the Tuscarora Homeland”—Charles Ewen, ECU Department of Anthropology
5:30pm *The Nooherooka Map and Fort Nooherooka Artifacts, Phelps Archaeological Laboratory, Flanagan Building, East Carolina University
6:30pm *The Communal Dinner, Mendenhall Student Center, The Great Rooms, East Carolina University

  • Hosted by Thomas Harriot College, ECU, and the Historical Society of North Carolina
  • Special Guests: Delegates of the Tuscarora Nation, Nooherooka 300 Symposium Speakers, Members of the Historical Society of North Carolina, Members of the Cumming Map Society, Delegates of the Colonial Society of America, ECU Officers and Delegates
  • A Pertinent Historical Footnote:  “Cornelius Cusick ‘s Return to the Tuscarora Homeland”—Donald Collins, retired, Department of History, East Carolina           University
  • Dinner Address: “The Tuscarora: History, Heritage, and Memory,”—Dr. Anthony Wallace


23 March, Saturday—at Snow Hill, North Carolina
Tuscarora Heritage Day Commemorating the Tercentenary of Nooherooka Fort, Greene County Recreation Park/Greene County Farmers Market, Snow Hill, NC

9:00am – 5:00pm Cultural Conclave: Arts and Crafts of the Tuscarora Nation
9:00am “Fort Nooherooka”: An Exhibit, Greene County Museum, Snow Hill
A special exhibit open until 5 pm for visitors and guests at the Tuscarora Heritage Day
10:00am Nooherooka Monument Dedication, Highway 58 North at intersection with Nooherooka Road, Snow Hill, NC

  • Welcome and Remarks: Nooherooka 300 North Carolina Sponsors & Hosts
  • Dedication: Chiefs Leo Henry, Kenneth Patterson, and Stuart Patterson, Tuscarora Nation
10:45am The Nooherooka Fort Site: A Moment for Reflection, Highway 58 N, Snow Hill, NC
11:15am Migration 2013, proceeds from Nooherooka Fort site
12:30pm Lunch at the Park, Greene County Farmers Market, music Iroquois Indian Band
1:30pm Tuscarora Nation Men’s Lacrosse Game (Tuscarora men’s team vs. ECU Club Lacrosse)
2:30pm Communal Lacrosse Game for Peace and Goodwill (all guests on the field)
6:30pm Tuscarora Dinner and Social, Mendenhall Student Center, The Great Rooms, East Carolina University

* Indicates that registration is required; all other events are open to all guests.