Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2016, on the Mashantucket Reservation, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation presents it’s annual Green Corn PowWow. If you haven’t ever visited this or any pow wow, Schemitzun is a wonderful primer.
For a link to this year’s event, scroll down to the link “SCHEMITZUN.”
I had the wonderful experience of witnessing one of the first at the XLCenter in Hartford (then it was the Hartford Civic Center). So many tribal representives taking part in native dance contests, the parade of nations, and venders with authentic tribal commodities from all over the country. It was spectacular.
For many reasons over the years, Schemitzun has changed it format, it’s size and it’s location. Nancy C. Walker, the wife of a native Pequot tribal member, posted in her blog “The History of Schemitzun” which we will post here. It tells of the changes that parallel the growth and troubles of Foxwoods concerning economy and competition. Here is her post:
Nancy C. Walker writes “Every year the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation hosts a pow wow called Schemitzun. It started years ago in the Hartford Civic Center because the tribe did not have a location to host the event. Later it was moved to “The Bowl” which was a open space next to Foxwoods Resort Casino. That only lasted one year due the rapid development of the casino.
The next location lasted a bit longer. They purchased a old farm in the neighboring town of North Stonington and the event grew to 4 days, 100 vendors and 1,000’s of dancers. The pow wow to celebrate the Green Corn Harvest had become one of the biggest events in Indian Country. It stayed at that location until 2008. In 2009 the tribe decided to make the event smaller in face of a declining economy.
Schemitzun was renamed the Green Corn Pow Wow and moved to a ballroom at Foxwoods for 2009 and moved to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in 2010. These were temporary locations while a new, permanent place on the reservation could be built. In 2011 the annual pow wow was moved to it’s new home at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds and the name was changed back to Schemitzun.
Every year since there have been tweaks and improvements as the pow wow settles into it’s new home. While the event is done for this year – as it’s always held the weekend before Labor Day Weekend (or in pow wow terms between Mohegan and Shinnecock) – I do hope that you will join us for next year’s celebration of the Green Corn.”
I do hope you take time on labor day to visit the Green Corn Pow Wow. Education about each other can bring people to understanding where there misunderstanding. From Sat: 10AM – 10PM & Sun: 10AM – 6 PM, on the Mashantucket Reservation, you will fins dance contests, entertainment, the woodland village, food, arts & crafts and more. There is even Shuttle Service Available from Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Foxwoods Resort Casino, The Fox Tower and Two Trees Inn.
There website for tickets, directions, and more information is below:
I hope to see you there!