Published July 30, 2018
August 11 Public Opening Includes Flag Song, Artist Demonstrations
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center announces it will celebrate its 20th anniversary by unveiling a new art exhibit featuring the works of 20 local Mashantucket Pequot artists. The exhibit opens to the general public on August 11 at 9:00 a.m. with drummers and the flag song, and runs through early December.
Titled Kutahshayooôkanun Mákooôkanash (Our Family Gifts: A Pequot Art Exhibit), this unique exhibit showcases a broad representation of traditional and contemporary Native works ranging from wampum, beadwork, illustrations, baskets, rattles and gourds to videography, photography, poetry and modern makeup artistry. Demonstrations of basket weaving, beading, moccasin design and more will be on display throughout the duration of the exhibit. Educators will also be on hand to interpret exhibit pieces.
Curated by 24-year-old Nakai Clearwater, artist and advisor to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Youth Council, the exhibit features works spanning generations, from tribal elders to youth.
“Our Family Gifts is designed with great care to be meaningful to young and old audiences alike,” said Clearwater. “We have an unbroken timeline of producing traditional art over thousands of years that we still practice today, but our art has also evolved to evoke very contemporary themes. We are a modern people living a modern life but we’re closely in touch with our past, and this legacy is profoundly illustrated through our arts.”
The exhibit is located in the museum’s main gallery and entry is included with general admission beginning on Aug. 11. Visit PequotMuseum.org for more details.