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Nanticoke tribe celebrates Native American Day

Nanticoke tribe celebrates Native...

MILLSBORO, Del. - November is Native American Month in Delaware and various states across the nation.  The Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro honored its heritage Saturday holding their own Native American Day.

Organizers tell 47ABC this event is a way to connect with the community and educate about the heritage and history of their tribe, and Native Americans in general. 

Activities included dancing, drumming, with native american food for sale, and a museum filled with exhibits.

This event offers more one-on-one time with visitors than another traditional Nanticoke event.

"It's also an opportunity for us to introduce our traditions and culture to the people in the community on a smaller scale than our powwow would be," said Nanticoke Chief Natosha Norwood Carmine.

Organizers say the passing down the tribe's rich history and traditions is more important that educating the public.

"Probably what's more important than anything else is we see our young ones out our younger generation who follow our footsteps," said tribe member Mike Harmon.  "Obviously, we followed our elders, our elders that have passed before us it's really important for our younger kids to come out and experience and be able to share their culture with other people."

Harmon says he knows how important it is to pass the torch to future generations.  He is following in his father's footsteps.

"Growing up watching him be apart of the tribe and to be able to drum and then to get involved myself as a drummer with our drum group, and then to see my grandchildren that are excited to be part of the drum group also, it's really exciting to keep that going so that we can preserve our history."

For more information on the Nanticoke tribe you can find them online at nanticokeindians.org.


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