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.

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

Happy Golden Anniversary Spocott!

On April 23, 2022, the Nause-Waiwash had the opportunity to join in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Spocott Windmill in Dorchester County, MD.

Step back to the 1800s at Spocott Windmill & Village, located a few miles west of Cambridge, Maryland. The site features Maryland’s only post-style windmill (notable for the way the entire structure can be rotated into the wind) and buildings from the 1800s including a one-room schoolhouse, country store, small home, and doctor’s office.
There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating to the 1700s. A similar working windmill stood near the site until it was knocked down by the blizzard of 1888. This replica, built in 1972 by noted boat builder Jim Richardson (namesake of the Richardson Maritime Museum in Cambridge), contains the original grinding stones and interior steps. The exterior steps provide a glimpse of nearby Gary Creek.

The Creator blessed us with perfect weather. The people were friendly and welcoming. Thank you, Spocott Windmill Foundation.

Earth Day 2022

Mother Earth, our source of life. We give thanks for all we have. Food, water, air and shelter. All who are brothers and sisters we ask we always remain interconnected in the web of life. We ask for strength to defend our Mother Earth when she is in need.  We promise to always walk softly upon your face for underneath our feet are the roots of trees, flowers and grass. Thank you Mother Earth.

Fun Facts about Earth Day:

• Senator Gaylord Nelson conceived Earth Day in the early 1960s. 

• The first Earth Day was in 1970.

• The government responded to Earth Day with environmental legislation. 

• Earth Day went global in 1990. 

• About one billion people recognize Earth Day each year. 

• Earth Day always falls on April 22.

• It’s known as “International Mother Earth Day” around the world. 

• Worldwide initiatives have benefited the environment. 

• This year marks the 52nd anniversary.

Ways you can participate in Earth Day:

• Recycle plastic bags. Most businesses, such as Food Lion, Walmart and Target gladly received single use shopping bags. Most of the time there is a receptacle to deposit them as you enter the store.

• Plant a tree. Many municipalities give out saplings on Arbor Day.

• Ride your bike. Minimize air pollution.

• Minimize your use of pesticides.

• Do not throw trash out on the ground or in our waterways. This is detrimental to our wildlife and the environment. If you see trash laying on the ground, pick it up and dispose of it properly.

• Upcycle wood pallets. They can be used as garden boxes and can even be transformed into furniture.  

Make Every Day Earth Day!

State of the Tribe 2021

Greetings All!
We hope everyone is still managing to navigate through this global pandemic. We realize it has been a trying time for everyone. However, with the development of vaccines, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We trust everyone will do what’s best for themselves and their families. In spite of the global panic, the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, Inc. are still making every effort to move forward in the growing progress of our community. There is much to update you on. Let’s start with the long house.

As many of you know, we were able to get a new roof installed right before the pandemic shut everything down. Thank you Knox Builders and Tiger Roofing. The grandfather of Oak trees that was standing so majestic in front of the long house has been removed. It was not dead but was dying. We didn’t want to take any chances of it falling on the long house and the new roof. Thank you, Eastern Tree Service. Knox Builders is currently working on composing an estimate for new windows. Though the original windows are satisfactory, new ones will be a lot less maintenance. Every building has some degree of maintenance to contend with, we are trying to get the long house so there is as little maintenance as possible. It’s been a slow process, but rewarding to watch it come together.

On to the pictorial book. Yes, it’s going to happen. We are currently working on our pictorial history and with a little praying, we will have them available for sale at our festival in September 2021.

Speaking of festival, YES! We are moving forward with the planning of our 29th Annual Native American Festival. It is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 18 & 19, 2021. Our location is 214 Middle Street, Vienna, MD 21869 at the ball field, under the Water Tower. Thank you Mayor MacFarlane, Vienna Town Commissioners and the town of Vienna. Their hospitality has been most gracious and we are excited to be returning close to our ancestral grounds. So far we have confirmed two drum groups. NaMaWoCHi Drummers and Medicine Horse Drummers and Singers. Spot the Leopard Appaloosa and his girlfriend Pixie Styx will be in attendance. We are excited to have for the first time, special attraction Falconer Eric Werner from Tilghman Island with his Red-Tailed Hawk. Though falconry is not an indigenous sport, our indigenous people hold a high regard to the Red-Tailed Hawk. Welcome, Mr. Werner. Returning this year as our Master of Ceremonies is Bruce McWilliams. We will also continue with a silent auction and a bake table. This year’s event is by no means limited to the content of this letter. There is still a lot in the works and a lot to be confirmed. Beware, there will be some changes. Check out our Facebook page and our website often for updates.

Our social media platforms are growing with leaps and bounds. Thank you Gentle Bear for sharing your computer skills and maintaining our sites.

Our web address is
Our new email address is

If you continue to use Wolf Mother’s personal email, you will still get a response. However, we would appreciate a smooth transition to the new email. Thank you. All our social media platforms are @TheNWBI. We are having another give-away once we reach 1500 followers on Face book. We will be holding a random drawing to give away a queen size plush blanket to the lucky winner. Hint: It will be soon. We’re extremely close. Update: Congratulations! Marina Feeser of Salisbury, MD.

Sadly, the NWBI lost the opportunity to use the training room at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake to hold our in-person meetings. We have arranged to hold our meetings at the Cambridge Elks Lodge 1272 in Cambridge. Thank you, Cambridge Elks Lodge 1272 for your hospitality and Eva Bartrum for facilitating this arrangement.

Casey Hughes has volunteered to take on some of the secretarial responsibilities of the tribe. She will be responding to telephone messages and taking the minutes at the meetings. Thank you, Casey.

Thank you to everyone for your continued dedication and support. It is very much appreciated. We look forward to working together and continuing to move the tribe forward.

Pleasant journeys – Chief Wolf Mother

June Trivia Question

It’s time for our first trivia question!

“What four animals are found on the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians Seal that was created by Kirk F. Turner, Red Deer?”

Message us on Facebook with your answer.

*Please message us on Facebook with your answer. Public answers will not be counted.
*The answer to the trivia question can be found on our Facebook page, and we ask that everyone please be respectful and not use other sources to find your answers (as they may be incorrect.)
*Those who answer correctly will be entered in a drawing for a random prize to be drawn on July 1st.

29th Annual Native American Festival

Many of you will be excited to hear that we are planning to move forward with our 29th annual festival. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday, September 19th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This year we kindly ask that if you are able to wear a mask and social distance that you please do so. We understand people have health conditions prohibiting them from comfortably breathing with a mask; that being said, we would like to keep our event as safe as possible for everyone to enjoy. Please follow us on social media @TheNWBI for upcoming details.