Nanticoke Powwow set to dance through the weekend

Date Published: 
September 9, 2016

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Nanticoke Indian Association’s annual Powwow will take place this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Nanticoke Indian Association’s annual Powwow will take place this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11.The Nanticoke Indian Association will host its 39th annual Powwow this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11, at the tribe’s powwow grounds near Millsboro.

The powwow is a celebration of Native American culture that draws participants from all over the country each year. For Native Americans, organizers said, it is a chance to both reconnect with their heritage and educate others through dance.

“Just come and dance and sing with us,” said Sterling Street, coordinator for the Nanticoke Indian Museum near Millsboro. In addition to dance sessions on both days, there will be vendors offering Native American food and crafts, and museum tours throughout the two-day celebration.

Members of 40 different tribes will be in attendance, Street said. Performing during the dance sessions, in addition to local drummers from the Nanticoke tribe, will be the Red Blanket Drummers from New Jersey and the Stoney Creek Drummers & Dancers from North Carolina. Head dancers this year will be Adrienne Harmon and Keith Anderson, and the master of ceremonies will be Keith Colston from Maryland.

The powwow gates will open Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m., and the day will close at 7 p.m. The highlight of the day will be the Grand Entry at noon. There will be two dance sessions on Saturday.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, gates will open a 9:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., with Grand Entry at 1 p.m. A worship service will be held at 10 a.m.; there will be one dance session on Sunday.

There is a $5 entrance fee for adults; children 12 or younger enter free of charge. Parking is free, and there will be handicapped-accessible parking, as well as a drop-off area on Mount Joy Road, Street said. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs for the day and are reminded that smoking and alcohol are prohibited on the grounds. Service pets are permitted, but no other pets are allowed on the grounds.

The GPS-friendly address for the parking area is 26800 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro. For more information, call the Nanticoke Indian Museum at (302) 945-7022.