It’s relative: Nanticoke Powwow a friendly reunion and much more

MILLSBORO – Vendors, Native American participants and visitors from America, Canada and even other foreign countries are expected to attend the Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s 40th Annual Powwow, set for Sept. 9-10.

Native American dance will be showcased at the Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s Powwow Sept. 9-10 at the Powwow grounds east of Millsboro.

The Powwow brings an air of happiness and joy in renewing old friendships and seeing relatives for the first time since last year.  Another important feature is the return of the 40 American Indian vendors whose family members also join the dance circle during Powwow weekend.

Respect and considerate are given to one another, and the children and elders are given special consideration and attention.  That’s the “Native Way,” according to Powwow organizers.

A special invitation is extended to residents of the greater Millsboro area to make a special effort to attend this year.

There is a designated parking lot, and visitors will be shuttled to the Powwow grounds in a wooded area that is the personal property of a tribal member.

Colorful regalia worn by the dancers provide excellent photographic opportunities. The Master of Ceremony will let spectators know when it is not appropriate to take pictures of dancers.

The mission is to educate the public on powwow activities, protocol, etiquette, duties of the head staff, drummers/singers and dancers and audience participation.

Vendors will display authentic Native American arts and crafts, jewelry, blankets, clothing, accessories, and food.  All these items are available for purchase. Many of the vendors follow the “powwow circuit” from April through Thanksgiving and travel many thousands of miles each year to participate.  For many American Indian families, this is their means of subsistence.

No alcohol and no pets allowed on the grounds.  Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs and friends.   Highway signs on SR 24 (John J. Williams Highway) between SR 1 in Rehoboth Beach and U.S. 113 in Millsboro will guide visitors to the parking area/powwow site. Trams provide transportation to and from the powwow grounds.

For further information, call 302-945-3400 or e-mail Information is also available at website:

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