The 'Wesorts' of the southern Maryland region
The Mixed-Race 'Wesorts' of
the southern Maryland region
The term We-Sorts is an archaic nickname for the
people of Mixed-Race Lineage who are thought to
descendants of the ** Piscataway Amerindian
tribal nation in Charles County, Maryland.
The most common surnames found among the
`Wesorts' include Proctor, Newman , Savoy ,
Queen, Butler , Thompson, and Swann.
Generally, those who are of `Wesort' ancestry
often have an appearance which can reveal their
mixture of Amerindian, Black and White ancestry.
A local joke by some members of the
present day Piscataway nation is that
the proper name of the tribe is "Wesorts"
as in "we sorts of Black, we sorts of Indian".
The 'Piscataway' Indian Nation is a non-state and a
non-federally recognized Amerindian tribal nation,
which, at one time, was one of the most populous and
powerful Native polities of the Chesapeake region.
By the early seventeenth century, the Piscataway had
come to exercise hegemony over other Amerindian
groups on the north bank of the Potomac River .
While Piscataway fortunes declined as the original
Maryland colony grew and prospered, the Piscataway
continue to be leaders among the tribal nations of
Maryland , as well as throughout Indian Country in
their commitment to Indigenous and Human Rights.)
Author, Gabrielle Tayac, has written the book
entitled 'Meet Naiche' -- which focuses on the
life of a young person who is of Piscataway lineage.
(The book can be ordered via 'Beyond Words Publishing')
Tayac is a longtime resident of Takoma Park, and
a Museum Program Specialist at the Smithsonian's
National Museum of the American Indian.
Wayne Carlin's novel, entitled, 'The Wished
For Country', provides a fictionalized
account of the origins of the We-Sorts.