Cape Gazette

Native American Day honors Odette Wright

Nov 28, 2013
Odette Wright was surprised by friends and family with an appreciation event Nov. 9.

Native Americans from regional tribes gathered along with other local residents Nov. 9 at the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Oak Orchard to share traditions and storytelling, and open the museum free to the public for a day. The day also was to celebrate and commemorate Odette Wright's involvement in the tribe's outreach and education.

Friends and family gathered to 'roast' her in the kindest way, with stories of how she touched their lives and the lives of past and future generations.

She received acknowledgements from the Delaware House and Senate, Indian Mission United Methodist Church, and the Nanticoke Indian Association. It was a surprise celebration of her constant involvement, and the award was named She Who Knows.


Tyler Polis listens intently about arrowheads and other uses for stones at the Nanticoke Indian Museum. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Tom THompson, a volunteer at the Nanticoke Indian Museum, explains how tribes banded together to create alliances and harmony. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Penny Dukes is smitten by the wolf and fox exhibits. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Pastor John Norwood talks about the Nanticoke tribe's interactions with other regional tribes. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Native Americans from other tribes gathered to participate in Native American Day at the Nanticoke Indian Museum. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
A Cherokee observes the Nanticoke dances. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Group dance. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Herman 'Tidewater Turtle Owl' Jackson and Mike 'Standing Water' Smith perform a mens dance which usually occured after a hunting trip. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Adrienne Harmon does a jingle dress dance (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Morning Star, left, and Kim Robbins perform the Ladies Dance. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Herman 'Tidewater Turtle Owl' Jackson and Denise 'Spirit Rising Sun Horsewoman' Dill show the youngsters how the Orange dance is done. It requires patience and a steady dancing technique. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
String dancers Brett Jackson, left, and Matthew Harmon perform in the circle. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Ragghi Rain, right, tells stories about Odette Wright during the She Who Knows acknowledgement of her service to the tribe. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Chief William Daisey gives a thank you to Odette Wright for all of her participation. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Sharkey Wright, Odette's husband, listens as cherished memories are shared. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Odette Wright looks over the plaque given to her by the Nanticoke Indian Association. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Ragghi Rain tells the story of the jingle dress dance. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
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