Paragraphs below gleaned from "Uppershoreman"
THE INDIANS OF CECIL COUNTY
Most of the Indians in Maryland belonged to a large family of tribes known as Algonquins.
The Massawomeks, the Tockwoghs and the Susquehannocks were some of the tribes found in Cecil County. The Tockwoghs lived along the Sassafras River, while the Susquehannocks inhabited the Susquehanna, which means "smooth flowing stream." The Massawomeks, or Iroquois were chiefly a wandering tribe, but they had a vllage for a time near North East.
Of these tribes the Susquehannocks seemed most able to live and get along together. They had a village called Poppemetto about three miles from Port Deposit. A group of Susquehannocks also once inhabited the area between North East and Bay View called Indian Falls. The Falls are located in a woodland forty feet west of the Mechanics Varley Road. The huge stones that are the foundations for the faIls have in them deep round holes in which the Susquehannocks pounded out their maize.
Between 1606 and 1662, the Susquehannocks were very powerful.
They gave the early settlers so much trouble that they were declared public enemies by Governor Calvert. In 1652 , a treaty was signed in which the Susquehannocks reserved all the land between the North East and Susquehanna Rivers. In 1675, the Susquehannocks were defeated by the Senecas. Captain Smith who had had dealings with the Susquehannocks described them as large, great and well proportioned" men which seemed like "Giants to the English."
The Southern part of North East covers the site once occupied by an Indian Village. This village was situated a short distance south of Arundel Creek which is now commonly called the Run. These Indians were the Shawnees. When they were threatened with extermination by the surrounding tribes, they left their village and migrated southward. They appear finally to have been absorbed by the more powerful tribes near which they settled. Some of· them stopped in Elk Neck and for many years afterward that part of Elk Neck was called "Shawnah." Many from this tribe are said to have been industrious basketmakers and successful fishermen. Several were converted to Christianity by the ministers of the St. Mary Anne's Church.
One building still standing today which was named for the Shawnah is Red Men's Hall located on Thomas Avenue North East across from the elementary school.
THE TWO WOLVES
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson
about a battle that was going on inside himself.
He said, "My son, it is between 2 wolves.
One is evil: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
guilt, resentment, inferiority,lies, false pride,
superiority and ego.
The other is good: Joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness,
benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth,
compassion and faith".
The grandson thought about it for a minute and
then asked his
grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one I feed."
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