Nanticokes keep Native American culture alive

43rd annual Powwow changes locations and attracts thousands to Hudson Fields
September 15, 2021

Just before the first grand entry into the dancing circle at the 43rd annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow, two bald eagles appeared overhead. It was a symbol of strength and renewal for the Nanticokes, who have had two of their last four powwows canceled. In 2019, the event was rained out and in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic prohibited large gatherings.

Moving to a new venue at Hudson Fields near Milton, the Sept. 11-12 powwow attracted a crowd of thousands on both days. Early in the day Sept. 11, the parking lot was full, with cars being directed to overflow parking.

While dancing and music are the highlights of every powwow, dozens of vendors set up shop, and food booths had long lines both days.

Proceeds from the powwow will support the Nanticoke Tribe’s ongoing $3 million capital campaign for a restored and renovated Nanticoke Indian Cultural Community Center, and a restored museum with a welcome center addition.



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