Native American Day to be celebrated at Indian Museum

The Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro will host Native American Day festivities on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature Native American music, dance and face painting, as well as food and other items for sale, according to June Morning Star Robbins of the Nanticoke Indian Museum. Museum tours will also be available.

Former Chief Dick “Quiet Thunder” Gilbert, a popular author and speaker on Native American topics, will be the featured speaker for the day, Robbins said. Gilbert has spoken to thousands of school children and other groups over several decades, passing on the history of the Lenape people and the importance of protecting Mother Earth.

Gilbert is co-author of two books, “The Original People: The Story of the Lenape Indians” and “The Seventh Generation,” along with Dan Lizzi.

The Native American Museum opened in 1984 and has hosted Native American Day festivities ever since, Robbins said. Admission to the event is free, but donations are welcome, she said. Within the museum are examples of Native American clothing, artifacts and tools. Some of the artifacts date back to 8000 B.C.

There are about 55 members of the Nanticoke tribe living in Sussex County and another 550 in other parts of Delaware. Native American Day is an opportunity for tribe members to celebrate their heritage as well as for non-members to learn about the history and traditions of Native Americans in Delaware.

The Nanticoke Indian Museum is located at 26673 John J. Williams Hwy., Millsboro. For more information, call the museum at (302) 945-7022.