Delaware Tech Celebrates Native American Heritage

DOVER – Employees and students at Delaware Tech’s Terry Campus wrapped up the month of November with a celebration of Native American heritage.

Bruce Morris, Administrative Services, is a member of the Mitsawokett -- one branch of the Lenni-Lenape from parts of Delaware north of Sussex County, confederated with the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape of Bridgeton, N.J. He was joined by three other Native American members – Bob “Little Eagle,” Theo “Three Winds,” and Stacy Bliss -- to demonstrate the highly symbolic and colorful regalia, and the music, singing and dancing which Native Americans perform at pow-wows. A Pow-wow is a gathering of North America's native people. The word derives from the Narragansett word powwaw, meaning "spiritual leader."

Without Native Americans and non-Native Americans getting involved, their culture could disappear. As older members pass away, resources are needed to educate younger members about their traditions and rituals. Morris and his guests asked the Delaware Tech attendees to join hands with Native Americans in a traditional circle dance. In the dance, he said, ethnicities disappear and everyone is welcome.

Morris invited the audience to go to the Mitsawokett website
(nativeamericansofdelawarestate.com) to learn more about Native Americans in Delaware.

Pictured in photo: Employees and students of Delaware Tech join Bruce “Little Drummer” Morris in a traditional Native American circle dance during a presentation on Native American Heritage in November.