Tribal Historian

In the days of our grandfathers; our history, spoken from grandfather to grandson and grandmother to granddaughter was at the heart of the woven fabric we called our lives and tradition. Without these stories of how the mountains were formed, how we came to this place and why our people live and are apart of the Seepoo (river) we as a people would be as lost as a child in the dark. We continue this heritage bestowed upon us by our ancestors and we encourage both Tribal and Non-Native people to explore the history of the Schaghticoke First Nations and other Eastern Woodsland Tribes—our history is rich. Here are a few links to help get you started.

Leading us on this path of history is our tribal historian Drew H. Shuptar Rayvis  (Pekatawas MakataweU, Black Corn, Amok, Otter) Certificate in Archaeology and BA Anthropology WCSU (Cum Laude). Drew has spent years as a primitive technologist and living historian of the late 17th and 18th centuries interpreting our Algonkian culture as far north as Bennington Vermont and as far south as Port Jervis New York.  He has taught at world renown establishments such as the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, The Mohegan Tribal Nation and the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe as well as a vast range of local historical societies. Drew has spent countless hours re-learning many of our traditional living skills from maple sugaring, cattail mat weaving, flint knapping, hand crafting his own period correct regalia and dressing hides to make leather and pelts. Drew takes great pride in his European and Indigenous heritage and often assists tribal members in their pursuits to become more acquainted with their traditional culture.