Save the Date! 9/17-18/2022

Greetings All

The Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians are currently working on preperations for our 30th Annual Native American Festival.

As always our event is scheduled for the 2nd weekend after Labor Day. Please mark you calender for September 17 & 18, 2022 to come out to the Ball Field in Vienna, MD

In light of our 30th Anniversary; this year and this year only, we are marking this special occasion with vendor fees of only $30 for the weekend. Please take advantage of this special time and celebrate another successful year with us.

We would love to hear from you, the sooner the better as planning our event takes time. We want to make sure you are included.

Thank you and pleasant journeys,

Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, Inc.

Summer Solstice

June 20th marks the longest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. And it also is the official beginning of summer. This day is one of the most celebrated days around the world. It is most commonly known as the Summer Solstice.

While the Spring Equinox begins this journey and represents new beginnings, the Summer Solstice represents the next step of this divine rhythm. Always occurring at the start of the Cancer Sun Season, the Summer Solstice reminds us to turn inward and find the nourishment needed to grow and evolve.

Many Native American tribes perform ceremonies focused on summer solstice. The Sun Dance is believed to have originated with the Lakota tribe. It is a ceremony that lasted 28 days, with a final four to eight days of intense festivity.

Flag Day

Observed on June 14th is National Flag Day in the United States. It is a day for honoring our nation’s flag. Flag Day commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag.

The earliest idea to set aside a day to honor the national flag came from Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin school teacher.  In 1885 Cigrand, encouraged his students to observe June 14 as “Flag Birthday.” He later wrote an essay published in a Chicago newspaper that urged Americans to proclaim this date as the day to celebrate the flag. 

In 1916 President, Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as the official date for Flag Day. In 1949 the U.S. Congress established the date as National Flag Day. Although Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, Pennsylvania celebrates the day as a state holiday. Each year the U.S. president delivers an address and all Americans are encouraged to fly U.S. flags during that week.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day is celebrated around the world on June 5th every year.

Word Environment Day was established by UN General Assembly on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on Human Environment which was held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972. 2022 celebrates 50 years of the organization.

In 1974, the first World Environment Day was celebrated with the theme “Only One Earth”. World Environment Day focuses on the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature, and the possibilities for shifting to a greener lifestyle through both policies and individual choices.

“In the universe are billions of galaxies,
In our galaxy are billions of planets,
But there is only one Earth.”

National Donut Day

In 1847 American, Hanson Gregory, claimed to have invented the doughnut aboard a lime-trading ship when he was 16 years old. 

In 1938, the Salvation Army started National Doughnut Day to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. It started as a fundraiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army. The goal in 1938 was to help the needy population during the Great Depression.

A question a lot of us ponder is, “why do donuts have holes?” The answer is really very simple. The reason donuts have holes is to fully cook the insides of the dough.  The dough would have to stay in the oil for a longer time. This would lead to the outsides becoming burnt. Creating a hole in the middle of allows the insides and the outsides to cook evenly; creating a perfect donut.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is recognized and observed on the last Monday of May. From 1868 to 1970 it was observed on May 30.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on this day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many people place a U.S. flag on graves of military personnel. Some consider Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer.

It was in 1868 that General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic called for a “Decoration Day”. By 1890, every Northern state had adopted it as a holiday. The World Wars turned it into a day of remembrance. In 1971, Congress standardized the holiday as “Memorial Day” and changed its observance to the last Monday in May.

Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day which is earlier in May and Veterans Day on November 11.

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day was originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 and is a part of Bike-to-Work Week, which is in turn part of National Bike Month.

Bike to Work Day is an annual event that promotes the bicycle as a form of transportation to and from work. It is held in the Spring in many locations including the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. 

Leading up to Bike to Work Day, national, regional, and local bicycle advocacy groups encourage people to commute by bicycle  as a healthy and safe alternative to driving. The American Medical Association has endorsed Bike to Work Day as part of a push to encourage active transportation.

Bike Week is the week that includes the Bike-to-Work Day, in May, and the World Bicycle Day, on June 3. 

World Baking Day

January is National Baking Month, however, since 2012, World Baking Day has been observed on the May 17. The original intent of the day was to make and give away a homemade cake. The day has since evolved into baking and giving away all kinds of baked goods.

Bonnie Butter Cake
By Angela (Grammy) Derby


2/3 cup butter, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups whole milk


2-2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate (cooled)
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 350′ F. Grease and flour baking pan, 13 x 9 x 2″ or two 9″ or three 8″ round pans.

In large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Continue beating for 5 minutes on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture alternately with milk. Pour into pans.

Bake oblong for 45-50 minutes, layers 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.

Frost with French Silk Frosting or your favorite chocolate frosting recipe.

In small mixer bowl, blend sugar, butter, chocolate and vanilla on low speed. Gradually add milk; beat until smooth and fluffy. Makes enough frosting for two 9″ layers or three 8″ layers.

Variation: This cake is also delicious with a lemon frosting.

New Windows for the Long House!

The Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians are proud to announce the installation of new windows in the long house. Yes! Progress in the works. The renovations are coming along. Thank you Richy Knox and Knox Builders. A job well done! 

In 2014, newly elected Chief Wolf Mother set the goal to renovate the long house. We had electric run from the pole to the building. Thank you Choptank Electric. Then wiring was roughed-in inside the building. Thank you Gentle Bear. In 2018 our long house was added to the National Registry of Historic Landmarks. Thank you, Dr. Jeff Kirwin. 

Although it would be impressive to restore the building to its original form, maintenance wise, it is not practical. In March of 2020 a new roof was installed. The cedar shakes were replaced with modern shingles. The original windows were in need of scraping, painting and glazing. They were replaced on April 29, 2022 with vinyl windows with minimal upkeep. 

Next up, paint!


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Chicone Village Day 2022

Thank you to the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance for hosting a spectacular event and helping to preserve our native history. The weather was wonderful and the people even more so.  The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance (NHPA) sponsored the 8th Annual Chicone Village Day at Handsell on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the historic site in Vienna, Dorchester County, Maryland. This special day is designed to honor the history and culture of the Eastern Woodland Native People who inhabited a wide area in the eastern part of the United States including the vastly wooded area of the Delmarva Pennisula. The historic Handsell site includes a replica longhouse, work shelter and garden to celebrate the Native culture that once existed on this Chicone Village site. The Chicone Longhouse is an authentically built replica of a single family dwelling unit, made of natural materials – the first to be built on the Eastern Shore in 200 years. The event is growing with participation from Native groups increasing yearly. Returning this year were, Daniel Firehawk Abbott and the Pocomoke Indian Nation, a long-time supporter of the Chicone Village will feature Chief Norris Howard and his family. Other tribal groups in attendance were: Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, Philip Goldsborough and the Lenape of Delaware and New Jersey. There was a special exhibit in the Handsell house, curated by Terry Crannell, that featured Native pottery sherds and other artifacts. Thank you, Handsell and the NHPA!

*Please contact the tribal office if you’d like to be identified in a photo, or if you would like to have a photo of yourself removed.

Terry Cranell & White Raven

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Photo credit: Wolf Mother