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+ CAPE GAZETI"E, Friday, Aug. 8 -Aug. 14, 2003 - 111 Submitted photos "December on the Rehoboth-Lewes Canal," an 8 x 10-inch oil on panel is among the 46 works to be displayed. Kushnir exhibiting landscapes at RAL Andrei Kushnir's "American Landscapes," an exhibition of 46 plein air oil paintings, will be on display through Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Rehoboth Art League in its Homestead Mansion Gallery. The exhibit combines works painted this past winter of the Rehoboth Beach and Cape Henlopen area with a sampler of paintings created on location around the country, from the swamps of Florida to the arid California foothills. A highlight of the show is his three-by- six-foot painting of the Virginia countryside, "Sky Meadows.  Gallery hours are 10 ram. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. The Art League is located at 12 Dodds Lane in Heniopen Acres. Above, Winter on Lake Gerar" is an 8 x 10-inch oil on panel "Wintry Dunes," a 6-by-8-inch oil on panel, will be featured in Andrei Kushnir's exhibit, running through Sept. 7 at the Rehoboth Art League. Nanticoke powwow slated for Sept. 6-7 A band of the Delaware, the Nanticoke were called The Tide- water People, an important Algo- nquin tribe living on the Nanti- coke River of Maryland on the Eastern Shore. On June 2, 1608, in a small openboat, Capt. John Smith and his party of Englishman were ex- amining water passages and tribu- taries to the Chesapeake Bay when they were discovered by the Nanticoke Indians who occupied the Eastern Shore and lived in wigwams, described as a one- room rectangular house with an arched roof. The exterior was cov- ered With grass mats or sections of bark overlapping each other like shingles and the inside walls were covered with mats made from grass or woven with corn husks. Nanticokes did not live in teepees. Nanticoke families ate deer, bear, rabbits, squirrels, turkeys, ducks, wild geese, pigeons cooked with corn and beans or roasted on spits in front of the fire. In the waters of the Nanticoke and the Chesapeake Bay, the Indians caught sturgeon, rock fish, shad, perch, roach, bass, pike, trout, herring, eel:and more. Conch, lob- sters, crab and turtles were also part of the native diet. Nanticoke men were essentially hunters, trappers and fishermen, supplying their families with edi- ble, nonagricultural products. They also were responsible for protecting their families from wild animals or enemy Indians. The woman's role in addition to planting the crops and preparing the food, was to make clothing, baskets, clay pots and to take care of the education and spiritual de- velopment of the children. When the many colonists came to settle on the Eastern Shore, the Nanticokes taught them bow to survive by hunting for their food and even provided vacant wig- warns for them to live in while they were building their homes. Trade became an absolute ne- cessity to fnaintain the new stan- dards of living among the Indians once they started using European goods. In pre-Columbian days, the Nanticokes killed only those animals necessary to feed and clothe their families, but the white man's insatiable demand for ani- mal pelts caused Nanticoke hunters and trappers to kill thou- sands of wild animals that would not have been molested prior to the coming of the English. Maryland traders were respon- sible for bringing quantities of al- coholic beverages to the Nanti- coke towns to trade for furs gath- ered by the Indian hunters and trappers, who had never tasted Continued on page 113 Best Bets Smart diners eat early They get to enjoy the Buttery's prixfixe three course dinner served from 5:00 to 6:30 for just $21.00. Two menus each night, changed daily...let's just call it the best secret in great Delaware dining. The Buttery barrestaurant Best of Delaware Today 2001 & 2003 Triple A Three Diamond Award . First and Second Prize Rehoboth Chocolate Festival The Buttery bar/restaurant Second and Savannah Downtown Lewes 302.645.7755 Lunch Monday throuah Saturday Dinner Monday throuah Sunday Brunch Sunday