Published June 27, 2017
More than 30 Dancers and Drummers Showcase Native Tradition and Skill
During One-of-a-Kind, Narrated Event
MASHANTUCKET– The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center announced today it will host its annual Educational Powwow on Thursday, July 6, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visitors will enjoy performances by more than 30 Native American dancers dressed in full regalia and two drum groups, representing more than seven tribes. Approximately a dozen dance styles will be showcased in individual, group, youth, traditional and contemporary performances.
For more than a decade, the museum has hosted this popular, one-of-a-kind, narrated exhibition during which an emcee highlights Native history, culture and social aspects throughout the powwow, a centuries-old cultural gathering that still holds great importance today. Museum education manager and this year’s emcee Chris Newell will guide the audience in a detailed explanation of the significance behind the event’s dance, dress and songs.
“Our educational powwow really brings to life various themes that underscore Native American culture, and allows us to present them in the rich context of music, dance and dress,” explained Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy). “There’s truly something for everyone and every age at this engaging, lively, family-friendly event.”
The event takes place rain or shine in the museum’s expansive, glassed-in gathering space. Native works of art will be available for sale, including clothing, jewelry, baskets and pottery. Fresh, locally-sourced Native cuisine prepared by renowned chef Sherry Pocknett will also be available. The cost is free with museum admission and free to museum members.
Media are welcome to film, photograph and interview powwow participants.
Who: More than 30 Native performers from more than seven tribes
What: Educational Powwow
When: Thursday, July 6, with grand entries at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Pequot Museum, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, Conn.
Why: Attendees will gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the powwow experience and how it helps sustain a sense of community for America’s indigenous populations.