Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Nanticoke Indian Tribe from Deleware

When I visited Delaware last year I had quite a fascination about learning more about Native American people and their culture and history so my Family took me to the Nanticoke Indian museum about 12 miles from my relatives house. When I got there the museum was empty and looked like it had been empty for a while apart from school visits and talks so the two Native American guides showed me around the museum personally and gave me a whistle stop tour of their history, how and where they settled, their culture, dress and food which was all spectacularly interesting. They also taught me how to skin a full buffalo and what every part was used for.

So after some digging I found their website, although a bit backdated they have a lot of wealth of knowledge of their culture and backgrounds.
The word Nanticoke means people of the tide water and they resided usually along the Delaware river and unlike most Native American tribes at the time the settled across the river rather than moving with the seasons to other parts of the US to follow Buffalo.

The website presents their tribe as wealthy hunters, they were very resourceful and were very kind. The page about their history highlights that the Indians were even peaceful when invaded and most were sick and tired so moved up the river to Delaware where most settled and still live today. This shows their identity to be true to themselves and nature, they would rather move and settle further up the river and keep peace than instigate a war between colours.

Their original tribe consisted of 200 people, however the supporters of the cause is much higher, this makes me wonder if other native American tribes from the same area have named themselves as Nanticoke's to be a part of a tribe. The main celebration of Nanticoke Indians is Powwow,, this is a gathering of Nanticoke Indians where they will dance and sing in their original dress, although this is seen as a gathering for only Native Americans this is not true, not only was I invited to join but there are pictures on the site of white Americans joining in on the ceremony showing that their identity is very welcoming, they are warm and kind to those who are interested in their culture and I witnessed it for myself. The tribe itself does not currently reside in tribal areas or practices the old arts so the Powwow is a chance for them and others to experience history and nature and the spirituality of the tribe. This means that wealth wise these Native Americans have normal and usual jobs and practice their culture outside of their work place and are fully integrated into American society (possibly yet again keeping peace.)

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