In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994. This month, we continue to honor those who were native to this land.
Last Friday the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation hosted a kick-off event themed, “Honoring Mother Earth. The event at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center included an art display, environmental poems written by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Members, social dances, flute player, crafts, vendors, photo opportunities and much more.
An exhibit at the Pequot Museum now until November 18th, “Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History,” is an educational and cultural exhibit about the history and traditions of the Wampanoag Tribe, and revisits events that have been historical footnotes until now despite the significant impact they had on colonization. The exhibit was created to bring to light key legacies of America’s earliest beginnings from the Wampanoag perspective, a perspective that has largely been left out of the narrative of this iconic moment in American history.
This weekend, the Pequot Tribal Nation is thanking this Country’s greatest heroes at our 2017 Veterans Powwow. This event is open to all Native and non-native veterans, active duty military and their families, museum members as well as the general public. Free Admission:
The following individuals are allowed free admission into the museum during the Veterans Powwow
– Native and non-native veterans with ID and one (1) guest
– Native and non-native active duty military and one (1) guest
– Museum Members
– Children under 6
Complimentary Food:To honor and thank service members we will be offering a complimentary meal of succotash or chowder and corn cakes or fry bread to veterans/active duty military and one (1) guest.
Guests (adults, seniors, students and youth 6-17) can purchase powwow access tickets only for $10 if they want to experience only the powwow in the Gathering Space. Children under 6 are free.
FEAST : A NATIVE THANKSGIVING – On Saturday, November 18, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, enjoy a feast – a very special Native Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner. Enjoy entrees like stuffed fish, venison roast, Indian stuffed pumpkin, and of course, turkey! The buffet features locally sourced, made by Chef Sherry, delicious items including breads, soups, salads, sides, entrees and desserts. Museum Members – $55
Non-museum Members – $75
Children 12 and under* – $35 (Same price for member child/non-member child)
Members are invited, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, for a special happy hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
In Foxwoods Resort Casino, in honor of Native American Heritage Month, Cedars Steakhouse and the Veranda Cafe will be offering native american cuisine every Wednesday & Thursday in November.
For more information and a calendar of events, go to Pequot Museum.