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 a part 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 Woodland 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).
The Livingston Indian Records Publisher The Pennsylvania Historical AssociationThese documents, detailing Iroquois negotiations with English “colonies from Massachusetts to Virginia, 1666-1723, are important for the illumination they give to a hitherto obscure corner of American history. They are of particular interest to New Yorkers, because the homelands of the Five Nations whose international relations are here unfolded were in northern New York. At the same time they are of special interest to Pennsylvanians, because it was under the Iroquois Tree of Peace that the Quaker colony had its birth and enjoyed so long an adolescence undisturbed by Indian wars.