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Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation hosts Annual Schemitzun Powwow

By Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

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Mashantucket, CT - Join the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation as they celebrate their Annual Schemitzun Powwow which will be held on the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds. “This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Schemitzun-Feast of Green Corn and Dance,” stated Crystal Whipple, Chair of the Historical Cultural Preservation Committee. “We are thankful that the Creator has blessed us with another year of song, dance and good health.” The two-day event is scheduled to take place Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. and Sunday, August 26, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This traditional powwow offers a rare opportunity for all families to come together and share a rich and ancient cultural tradition. Experience a living exhibition of life in a 17th c. Eastern Woodland Village, sample Native cuisine, watch master craftsman demonstrate the art of making corn husk dolls, loom wampum beading, net making and other traditional arts unique to the North American Woodland Indians. Also back this year is the popular Ultimate Warrior contest which showcases the male Eastern War dancers as they mimic warriors’ one-on-one battle. Feel the heartbeat of the drums! Watch dancers in colorful regalia! You’re sure to come away with a greater understanding and appreciation for the powwow experience and how it helps sustain a sense of community for American’s first people.

Admission is $5 per day. Due to limited space, there is no parking on site. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Two Trees Inn, and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. For directions and a complete schedule of the weekend events visit or call 860.396.2136.

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