Nanticoke Heritage Day event offers lecture, dance, food and more

Although the Nanticoke Indian Powwow held each September is a larger celebration of Native American culture, the Nanticoke Indian Center near Millsboro also holds two Heritage Days each year that are open to the public.

The next Heritage Day will be on the grounds of the Nanticoke Indian Museum near Millsboro, on May 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes Native American storytelling, dancing, music, and vendors for food and more.

Charlotte Hockings from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe tribe in Wisconsin will be the featured speaker.

Hockings has a long history as an advocate and educator for and about the Ojibwe people and traditions. She was married for 32 years to an Ojibwe artist, living on the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin.

She and her husband developed a museum and outdoor seasonal attraction to teach about Ojibwe traditions, as well as issues such as white privilege and the “boarding school era” in which many Native American children were sent away to school, away from their families and traditions.

Hockings has taught in many settings, including reservations and college-level classes. She has also been a tribal case manager for the Northwoods Restorative Justice program, which helps both crime victims and first-time offenders.

She is also a dancer in the Women’s Traditional Dance category of Native American dance and is a founding member of “A Call for Peace,” a drum and dance troupe that has traveled the world seeking to unify different cultures by honoring tribal dancers.

Hockings’ presentation begins at noon. It will be followed by a program of dance and storytelling featuring Ragghi Callentine, according to Sterling Street, coordinator of the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro. Callentine incorporates her storytelling into the dances while they are being performed, Street said.

Throughout the day, food vendors will offer Native American fare, such as succotash, fry bread and “Indian tacos,” Street said. The museum will be open during the event. People are being encouraged to bring folding chairs for seating during the presentations, Street said. There is no rain date.

The Nanticoke Indian Museum is located on Route 24 near Millsboro, across the street from Royal Farms. The GPS-friendly address is 26673 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro DE 19966. The Heritage Day event is open to the public with free admission.

For more information, call the Nanticoke Indian Center at (302) 945-3400, the museum at (302) 945-7022, send an e-mail to info@nanticokeindians.org or check the center’s website at www.nanticokeindians.org.

 

By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter