The 40th annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow kept tradition alive on Sept. 9 and 10 transporting visitors into the woods to celebrate and respect the heritage shared by native American people. Jingle dresses, feathers and animal skins are used for regalia mirrors can be seen on some members which is used to reflect bad and ugly energy.
The Powwow session begins with the Grand Entry and a prayer. The Eagle Staff leads the Grand Entry, followed by flags, then the dancers, while one of the host drums sings an opening song. Several dances are performed including traditional, jingle, feather, ribbon and fancy shawl. Veterans are invited into the ring to thank them for their service.
Paul Eugene Street, a farmer who gathered tractors and drivers that transported visitors to the powwow grounds for many years was remembered with a black ribbon on the trams as well as a prayer and ceremony for the family on Sunday. The theme this year is The Sacred Fire that continues to burn within us.
Native Americans place great importance on learning from elders, and passing traditions on to young members of the tribe.