Na­tive Amer­i­can Fes­ti­val set for Satur­day

Dorchester Star - - Local - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­ Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

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://turtle­ and find them on Face­book.


The 25th Na­tive Amer­i­can Fes­ti­val will be held Satur­day and Sun­day, Sept. 16 and 17, at the Vi­enna ball­park.

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