The photograph that graces the title bar is symbolic of the fate of the Susquehannock. The left side of the photo represents the thick woodlands that once covered much of the river basin and virually the entire area of what is now Pennsylvania. European settlement brought farmers who cleared the forests to create fertile lands for grazing and cultivation. The lone silhouette on the right edge of the photo represents the memory of the Susquehannock, reminding us who they once were, and that they shall continue to live inside many of us today.
The Susquehannock Fire Ring is intended to serve as a virtual gathering place for those who share an ancestry with the native Americans who once populated the great Susquehanna River basin, from New York, across Pennsylvania, to Maryland and beyond. These people are generally known as the Susquehannock. To read a detailed study of the name and its meaning, see Origin of the Name posted elsewhere. Historical records provide many names to identify these original inhabitants, including Andaste, Minqua, Conestoga, and the Shenks Ferry people. None of these groups still exist in the traditional sense of a tribe, but there are many who can count themselves among their descendants. The name for the website was inspired by Renee My Frande Waring.
I am an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, the ancestry of my paternal grandfather. My paternal grandmother was descended from the Christian Munsee of Kansas, who had a long history from their separation from the Delaware (Lenni Lenape) nation of the east coast. I grew up in Pennsylvania, among my mother’s relatives, who descend from the German and Swiss immigrants that settled that same area in colonial America. That is to say, I am not of Susquehannock descent. I wrote the original article, Where Are the Susquehannock?, for my website in 2000. A few years later it was published in the Summer 2005 edition of Cecil Soil magazine, and in 2010 it was used as the introduction to the Rising Sun 150th Anniversary book. When I converted my website to blog format, it encouraged readers to leave comments on the page. It was that proliferation of comments and contacts which prompted me to create this separate website. The Susquehannock Fire Ring is part of the BrokenClaw.net network. The site is created and maintained by me as a personal non-commercial website without any advertisements or affiliate links. All BrokenClaw websites meet the standards of an educational site suitable for all ages.