Weather fore­cast can­cels Na­tive Amer­i­can Fes­ti­val

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By NATE NKUMBU nnkumbu@ches­pub.com

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.

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