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Powwow of Arts and Culture


Jul 23, 2022
11:00 am  -  4:00 pm
Location: Sculpture Garden
Members: Free
Non-Members: Free
Due to the extreme heat and weather conditions and to ensure the safety of our guests and staff, this event will be moved inside.

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Planned in partnership with community advisors and the Nanticoke Indian Association, this event celebrates indigenous culture. Principle Chief Coker of the Lenape Indian Tribe will open the event, Keith Colston (Tuscarora and Lumbee) will MC, and Urie Ridgeway (Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape) is the Arena Director. Dancers and musicians include Head Lady Adrienne Harmon (Nanticoke), Head Male Louis Campbell (Lumbee), and Host Drum: Red Blanket Singers (Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape) and Native Aztec dance by Tonantzin Yaotecas. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

This Powwow is open to the public. All are welcome! Below, we’re sharing etiquette for non-native visitors:

  • The dance arena and the seats nearest the circle are reserved for singers, dancers, drummers, and their families.
  • Visitors are welcome to watch, but please do not participate in dancing unless explicitly invited by the Master of Ceremonies (MC).
  • Please ask permission before taking photos or videos. Unless you are given permission by the MC.
  • Please do not touch any part of the regalia of dancers.
  • Join us in welcoming and showing respect to our Nanticoke and Lenni-Lenape guests, and all community members at the Powwow.

Photograph by Shannon Woodloe.

Organizers & Sponsors

This event is sponsored by FUJIFILM, M&T Bank, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Nuestras Raices Delaware, and Guerrilla Republik. Support provided by Art Bridges. This program is supported through a grant from PNC Arts Alive and the TD Charitable Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.