Every year in Connecticut you can catch an array of the state’s colors on display right next to talented dancers who have gathered to partake in the Mashantucket Pequot Nations Green Corn Festival known as Schemitzun.
The annual event draws Eastern Woodland tribes from Connecticut to Wisconsin to the cultural grounds of the reservation – this year the event will be held August 26 and 27, 2017. Competitive and honor dances tend to bring out the best from the tiniest dancers to the elders.
The 2014 emcee Wayne Reels, Mashantucket Pequot, kept the spirits high and the fancy dancers on their toes. Drum groups Eastern Eagle, Young Blood, Silver Cloud and Storm Boys brought the heartbeat to the event.
Schemitzun is one of the best-attended pow wows on the northeast coast. Each year the event features authentic Native foods and certified craft vendors from all over Turtle Island. In 2014, an educational area featured traditional foods and cooking methods, storytelling, and examples of early Eastern Woodland village life.
The following images were taken at the 2014 festival.
This story was originally published August 29, 2014.