th (19)This past May 15th & 16th, the Mashentucket Pequots had a Grand Re-opening of the nationally renown Pequot Museum & Research Center.  The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, part of the government of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, is a non-profit educational institution that seeks to further knowledge and understanding of the richness and diversity of the indigenous cultures and societies of the United States and Canada.

Tribally owned-and-operated since it opened on Aug. 11, 1998. the Museum brings to life the story of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. It serves as a major resource on the histories and cultures of Native Americans in the northeast and on the region’s rich natural history.

The Museum is a 308,000-square-foot complex, consisting of permanent exhibits, the Mashantucket Gallery (a gallery for temporary exhibits), classrooms, a 320-seat auditorium, a restaurant, a museum shop and administrative offices. The Research Center houses collections, a library, a children’s library, archives, and archaeology and conservation laboratories.

Multi-sensory dioramas and exhibits introduce visitors to the history of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the natural and cultural history of the eastern woodlands. Films and videos, interactive programs, archival materials, ethnographic and archaeological collections, commissioned art, and traditional crafts by Native artisans are featured in the exhibits.

Some upcoming special presentations and exhibits include:

Mission Mishoon

th (21)10:00am Fri May 29th – 4:00pm Sat May 30th / 10:00am Fri Jun 5th – 4:00pm Sat Jun 6th – Wampanoag canoe makers are shaping to a 36-foot tulip tree log with fire! (“Mishoon” is the Wampanoag word for boat, or canoe.) Visit the Museum’s Farmstead to talk to the canoe makers, and learn about the skills and traditions of canoe making. See a 400-year-old dugout canoe in the Museum exhibits. Free with Museum admission. Donations welcome.

17th Century Encampment: Living History

9:00am Fri Jun 26th – 4:00pm Sat Jun 27th – Experience 17th c. European/Colonial and Native cultures, military and civilian, from the Pequot War (1636-1637) and King Philip’s War (1675-1677) periods. Witness musket and bow shooting demonstrations; campfire cooking; lithic tool making; flint knapping demonstrations; period blacksmithing; and English militia drills. Free with Museum admission. Supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and by the Institute for American Indian Studies.

Powwow!

Bird's Eye View
Bird’s Eye View

11:00am – 3:00pm Thu Jul 9th – This annual educational powwow will be an unforgettable experience for you and your family. Emcee Wayne Reels (Mashantucket Pequot) explains the different dances, powwow etiquette, and the significance this cultural gathering holds for Native people. See dancers in their colorful regalia. Join in a social dance and visit with Native artists as they demonstrate and sell works of art. Try some Native cuisine for lunch. Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the powwow experience and how it helps sustain a sense of community for America’s first people. Grand entry is at 11 am and 1 pm in the air-conditioned Gathering Space. Free with Museum admission and free for Pequot Museum members.

It’s a great place to visit with the whole family.  Open Wed.–Sat., 9 am–5 pm, last admission at 4 pm. Visit website for seasonal closure details.
Prices  – Adults $20; Seniors (65+) $15; College students $15; Youth (6-17) $12; Members & Children under 6 Free.
That’s all for now.
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