Native American Festival set for Saturday
VIENNA — The Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians will celebrate its 25th annual Native American Festival Sept. 16 and 17, in Vienna.
The festival will be set up at the ballpark in Vienna, 214 Middle Street, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians is made up of descendants of local Nanticoke Indians. Their first festival was held in 1992. In 2005, the annual celebration of their heritage was moved to Vienna to bring the event closer to the sites of the original villages.
Events and entertainment will include traditional native dancing, demonstrations, authentic Native American food, drumming, crafts, raffles, silent and live auctions, a bake sale and vendors.
Twelve exhibitors and 17 vendors are currently scheduled to appear at the festival. The Eastern Woodland Life Arts, Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs and Aztec Traditional Dancers are scheduled to appear. Visitors can meet sleigh dogs.
The event also will feature live and silent auctions with items including gift cards for restaurants and activities. The festival benefits the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians.
Admission is $5 for adults and children 7 and older. Children 6 and under and guests with an active military ID will enter free of charge.
The live auction will have four Disney World Theme Park Hopper passes, round of golf for four with Golf Cart at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, lunch Cruise for two at Suicide Bridge Restaurant, gift package from Century Spine Center in Easton which includes four free visits, a ColPac and Biofreeze, a Braden Holtby autographed hockey puck from Washington Capitals, live Peafowl and a Jake and Jenny from Fancy Fannin’ Acres.
The silent auction items will be four Shorebirds upper reserved seats in 2018, two National Aquarium tickets, two Premier Cinemas tickets, four Free games at Choptank Bowling Center, oil change at Admiral Tire, WaWa Gift basket, bird seed and feeder/Ace Hardware, Cutlery/R. Brooks & Son, Glassware/E. S. Hubbert, Necklace/Jewelry by Cottage Studio, painted Crab Shells by Debi Hurley, fresh produce basket from Breckenridge Farms, ring by Angie Shinn, paintings from Goose Country, jumper cables for Advanced Auto Parts, wreath from Flowers ‘n’ Things, hair products from Mirror Mirror, large crab pot from Woolford Country Store, Old Salty’s t-shirts and gift certificates from Fisherman’s Inn, Cindy’s Eastside Kitchen, Denny’s, Applebee’s, Especially For You, Old Salty’s, Cambridge Car Wash, Dorchester Center for the Arts, Jimmie & Sooks, Thomas’s Fine Jewelry, Chesapeake Maritime Museum, Blackwater Paddle and Pedal, Texas Roadhouse, Food Lion, Sam’s Club and Two Chicks Catering plus numerous other donations with more coming in every day.
The Nause-Waiwash Indians welcomed a new chief in 2015— Chief Wolf Mother — the first woman to ever lead this remnant tribe of Lower Eastern Shore Native Americans.
Donna “Wolf Mother” Abbott was born and raised in Dorchester County, her native roots extending back for generations.
“We are incredibly proud to have our event going strong for 25 years,” Abbott said. “It is a big accomplishment for us.
“Chief Sewell Winterhawk Fitzhugh, who passed a few years ago, was the glue and anchor for us,” she said. “We continue to have the festival and stay together in his honor. We just decided this is what we are doing to do for him and the rest of our ancestors. We are hoping to do another 125 years.”
The festival began for three reasons, according to the Nause-Waiwash — to educate the public and hold onto their culture, raise the self-esteem of their people and raise money for their tribal office and longhouse.
“Our mission is to educate the community about our histor y,” Abbott said. “There is so little documentation on our history.
“We really appreciate the entire community for their support,” she said. “We have a successful festival because the community really comes out for us. They have helped us make a lot of wonderful memories, and give us a lot to look forward to in the future.”
For more information about the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians’ Native American Festival, visit http://turtletracks.org and find them on Facebook.
The 25th Native American Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, at the Vienna ballpark.