This year’s Native American Day guests can enjoy traditional singing, dancing and drumming, as well as a tour of the Nanticoke Indian Museum and information about a new book focused on the Nanticoke language.
Co-authors Ragghi Rain, a Cherokee from the Millsboro area, and Karelle Hall, whose family is from the area, will be presenting the book at a free annual event scheduled for Saturday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will exhibit a prototype of 5, the museum at his 26673 John J. Williams Highway (US 24) near Millsboro.
“They talk about this book — about Nanticoke, a children’s language book they adhered to. There are pictures, words and phrases in Nanticoke,” said Stirling Street, curator of the museum. .
This book is the first of its kind, he said.
Traditional dancing, drumming, singing and flute playing are provided by members of the Nanticoke tribe, as is entertainment at the tribe’s annual powwow.
Rain tells stories and explains legends about Native Americans.
Vendors will sell arts and crafts and Native American foods similar to those available at powwows, but on a smaller scale.
“We’ve had Native American Day for at least the last ten years,” says Street.
“It’s not like a powwow. You can come to the museum and see the relics of the Nanticoke people and other relics and learn more history than you would at a powwow. There are guided tours and you are on a tour People will tell you the history of the people of Nanticoke.
“It’s so important to keep that history alive. If we don’t talk about it, it gets forgotten. We want people to know we’re still here,” Street said.