Nanticokes welcome visitors to 36th Annual Powwow

Sept. 7 and 8 event celebrates 400 years of tribal history
Kristina Johnson, left, and Carissa Miller prepare for the Women's Traditional Dance at the 2012 powwow. SOURCE SUBMITTED
August 29, 2013

For their upcoming celebration, a major event in Sussex County, many members of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe have been planning and laboring to ensure their 36th Annual Powwow is even more exciting and special than in years past. The tribal chief, tribal council, program directors, committee chairs and volunteers invite and welcome everyone to attend and learn about Nanticoke history and culture throughout the last 400 years.

This celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, in Long Neck and Millsboro in a wooded area with ample parking for visitors including school and tour buses and motorcycles. Tribal trams will be used to transport visitors from the parking area to the powwow site. About 40 tribal American Indian vendors will be on site with a variety of items for sale such as arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, paintings, pottery, leather work, wampum, dream catchers and much more. Food vendors will provide hotdogs, fries, fish, hamburgers, succotash, Indian tacos, Indian frybread and Pepsi products to drink.

All-day parking including admission is $10 per car. Walk-in admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission is $5 for motorcycles, $25 for buses plus $2 per person on the bus; the driver will have to collect fee for each person on the bus. Highway signs on Route 24, John J. Williams Highway, between Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach and Route 113 in Millsboro will guide visitors to the parking area and powwow site.

The Grand Entry of flag bearers and American Indian dancers will be Saturday at noon, with the second dance session at 4 p.m. Sunday begins with an outdoor Worship Service at 10 a.m. and Grand Entry and dancing at 1 p.m. Except during Sunday Worship Service, seating is provided for powwow participants, dancers and handicapped individuals only. Bring a lawn chair and a friend. This event is family oriented so bring the children to enjoy native face painting and storytelling.

For more information or to receive a flier, call the Nanticoke Indian Center at 302-945-3400, email or go to