During prayer at the 44th Annual Powwow of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe, the Creator was asked, “Walk with us and let us spread good medicine wherever we go.”
Saturday, September 10th, the first day of the weekend’s events was fun and warm, with an atmosphere of friendliness and courtesy.
Announcer Keith Colston said to the crowd gathered around the arena, “The Creator blessed us with a wonderful day.
“We are here to celebrate. We have some memorabilia. We have some honors. Let’s keep the level of respect at the highest level. This is about keeping things positive.”
“We’re here to have a good time, but there’s a way to get ourselves to act. We try to do what we do in a balanced way. I really hope you understand what I am doing. I reminded everyone to keep an eye on the Elders attending the Powwow at Hudson Fields in Milton.
“Even if you don’t know them, stop and ask them if they’re okay or if they need anything,” Colston suggested.
Introducing the victory song, Colston explained:
“We don’t just exist. We thrive, ladies and gentlemen. This is our victory song,” he said as the drummer played.
U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del) joined Nanticoke Indian tribal chief Natosha Carmine in a procession of dozens of dancers in glamorous and colorful costumes, including jingle dress dancers. rice field. He was then introduced to Carmine, who kissed her on the cheek before smiling and telling the audience, “It doesn’t happen every day to kiss the chief, but it’s nice.
Carper announced that the state legislature has allocated $750,000 in funds to improve the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro.
“Nanticokes came here first, and we want to thank them for making the world a better place,” Carper said, to which the guests applauded.
The Nanticoke Indians were first contacted by Captain John Smith in 1608. When Captain John Smith was exploring the Chesapeake Bay and sailing the river known today as the Nanticoke River. Today, the Nanticoke Indian Tribal Association has about 700 members, and more than 2,000 people can trace their heritage to the tribe.
Colston asked all veterans to step into the arena, and Carper — a U.S. Navy veteran — attended and paid tribute with salutes and handshakes.
According to Colston, women were “present when the men were hunting or fighting,” and women who took care of children, elders, and men when they returned home were also honored.
On site, vendors sold bracelets, colorful blankets, linen shirts and pants, stuffed animals, key chains, finger puppets, sage, and other handicrafts. Traditionally, some Native Americans burned it as a spiritual ritual to purify a person or space and promote healing and wisdom. .
Food vendors sold Indian tacos, Indian fried bread, succotash cups, hot dogs, hamburgers, peanuts, French fries, and flavored ice cream.
Children sat down and painted their faces and worked on crafts.
The Southern Delaware Street Rod Association put on a car show, and the Delaware Museum of Natural History & Animal Behavior and Conservation Connection put on an interactive bird exhibit.
“Proud and heartwarming,” Carmine told the audience of her grand entrance, and announced that next year, in her eighth year as Chief of the Nanticoke Tribe, she would teach her members how to carry on their traditions.
Rep. Ruth Briggs King (R-37) said, “It’s important to see history in action.
“It’s an honor to be with you on this wonderful day. It’s about embracing our similarities because we are all one human being.”