Weather forecast cancels Native American Festival
CAMBRIDGE — An event that has been held for 26 years had to be canceled due to the effects of Hurricane Florence.
On Tuesday Sept. 11, the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians announced on its Facebook they were canceling the annual Native American Festival this weekend, Sept. 15-16. They do not plan to reschedule the event for year/
“It saddens me to be sending this message,” wrote Chief Donna “Wolf Mother” Abbot in the Facebook post. “After great deliberation and lots of praying to the Creator, for the first time in our history, the NWBI must cancel our 2018 Annual Native American Festival. It is just way too risky and unsafe.”
The Chief also said by phone the vendor, dancer, drummers, some coming for the deep south would of been in the line of fire from Florence on the way to the area.
“Once I had saw that the Delmarva Peninsula was in the cone, that’s when I made the call to cancel,” she said.
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.
Visitors would of been able to enjoy traditional native dancing, demonstrations, authentic Native American food, drumming, crafts, raffles, silent and live auctions, a bake sale and vendors.
The event also would have featured live and silent auctions, benefiting the NauseWaiwash Band of Indians, with items including gift cards for restaurants and activities.
For more information about the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians’ Native American Festival, visit http://turtletracks.org and find them on Facebook.