Karelle Hall of Washington, D.C., dances the Fancy Shawl Dance at the Nanticoke Powwow. PHOTOS BY STEVEN BILLUPS
September 13, 2013
Dancing the Women’s Traditional Dance is Alex Davis of the Chickahominy Tribe from Virginia.
Tatonka Gibson of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe from Virginia dances the Eastern War Dance during an all tribes dance.
Lead Dancer Keith Henderson of the Cherokee Catawba tribe in Virginia creates a presence in the dance circle.
Josh Stewart, left, and Matt Martin of the Turtle Clan sing and drum during the powwow. There were three drum groups creating the music for the dances.
Shown leading the gathered tribes in the Grand Procession are Will Mosley, left, carrying the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Eagle Staff, and Chief William Daisey carrying the Nanticoke Eagle Staff.
In one of the inclusive dances, all veterans were invited into the dance circle. Shown is Two Bears Burgos, a veteran of the 82nd Airborne.
Crowds surround the dance circle in a natural amphitheatre.
Brayleigh Andersen, a Nanticoke Tribe member from Lewes dances in the Tiny Tots Dance in her Jingle Dress.
Women’s lead dancer Adriane Harmon of the Nanticoke Tribe dances in an all tribes dance in her Jingle Dress.
Participating in a Tiny Tots dance is Hawk Fortune of the Rappahannock Tribe in Virginia.
The 36th Annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow was held Sept. 7-8 in Oak Orchard. Representatives from many tribes came to the powwow to dance, sing and share history and culture. The event featured Native American food, authentic arts and crafts vendors and audience-participation dances.