American Indian dancers in elaborate regalia moved to the low beat of drums a few weeks ago, as approximately 8,000 spectators and 8,500 participants gathered at the Salem County Fairgrounds to join in the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation’s 38th annual powwow. The Nanticoke, a tribe native to New Jersey, hosts the gathering to strengthen ties across tribes, reunite tribe members with families and share their culture with non-native Americans. It’s the only annual gathering the tribe holds that’s open to the public, and attendees come from all over. A family of Aztec American Indians visited from Mexico City, Mexico, to participate in the dances. “Powwow is not only a chance to gather the native community,” said Lia Gould, organizer of the event and daughter of Nanticoke Chief Mark Gould, “It’s an opportunity to educate the masses.
A Pine Barrens icon shuts its doors
A little before three o’clock last Saturday afternoon, November 19, Albertus V. Pepper Jr., age 72, of Chatsworth and Washington “Wash” Orme, 85, of Tabernacle, walked into Buzby’s General Store in Chatsworth, via the commercial kitchen. They were in a state of high animation, shouting back and forth, over and around the heads of fellow patrons. Buzby’s, in the spiritual heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, had been closed (mostly) since last spring when its 87-year-old owner, R. Marilyn Schmidt, fell ill. Marilyn spent most of the summer in the hospital. Friends opened her shop in October for the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival and last Saturday for a fundraiser, to help cover Marilyn’s medical expenses.