SNOW HILL — The Tuscarora nation of the Tuscarora Reservation in New York’s Niagara County united with the Tuscarora people of North Carolina on Saturday for the first time in 300 years for the dedication of a monument at the Nooherooka Fort battle site. Hundreds of Tuscarora and other spectators gathered at the site for the monument’s dedication.
Snow Hill resident George Mewborn owns the site, where hundreds of Tuscarora were slain in battle defending their homeland. Mewborn, along with the Greene County Museum and East Carolina University, sought to honor the Tuscarora people for the 300th anniversary with a Tuscarora Heritage Day commemoration. The event featured a special exhibit at the Greene County Museum followed by the dedication of the monument and a “walk home,” where the Tuscarora nation walked into Snow Hill, returning home after 300 years in exile.
Members of the Tuscarora nation also blessed the monument site with ceremonial songs and the watering of a tree.
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