Annual Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation Powwow
When: Second weekend in June
The Nanticoke-Lenape Pow Wow celebrates the culture and socializing of American Indians. It is a “living event” and not a “reenactment.” Public Pow Wows invite non-American Indian people to learn and enjoy the celebration, while also respecting the culture.
Come, have a great time and make new friends and wonderful memories.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Philly
The second annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Philly kicked off on Friday October 12, 2018, with an evening Teach-In at Friends Center. Highlights include Chief Brooks (Delaware Tribe of Indians, Bartlesville, OK) and Rev. Dr. J.R. Norwood (Nanticoke-Lenape, Bridgeton, NJ) both speaking of Lenape Tribal history, culture, religion, and contemporary concerns; Christina Marie González presenting Taíno identity and cultural development among Puerto Ricans and their homeland Borikén/ Puerto Rico; Andean music sesssion by Peruvian musician, Richie Olivera, who plays native South American instruments with backing track accompaniment; screening of the short film “First Light,” an Upstander Project, focusing our witness of genocidal “removal” practices – Indian children being taken from their homes and its inherent trauma; and closing the Teach-In, Felicia Teter prompts intentional reflective inquiries toward “breaking the cycles of abuse…so that we may all finally be free.”
The following morning, October 13, in Hunting Park, prayers and celebrations of cultural beauty unfurled during a mini-powwow – Nanticoke-Lenape Tribal Nation drummers, hoop dancer, grass dancer, womens’ fancy dancer; Andean musician; Taíno dancers and table display of cultural lifeways; Aztec dancers; Inter-tribal dances where all were invited to participate.
We can say WANISHI (Lenape) to express our gratitude for the work bringing everyone together. Being present, building relationship, matters.