The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center will host its Fifth Annual Honoring the Veterans Pow wow on Saturday, November 5 from 10am–5pm in honor of both Native and non-Native Americans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
This year’s pow wow includes a Native Arts and Crafts Market with 25 artisans. An artist meet-and-greet will take place from 1–3 pm featuring artisans from the museum's Native Expressions art show, which is on display November 1 through November 30, showcasing 100 unique, original pieces for sale during a silent auction on November 19.
Sponsored in part by the Simon Konover Company and the Pepsi Bottling Group, the pow wow and market are both open to the public with roughly 1,000 attendees including veterans, active-duty military members and families expected to attend. Admission and select food items are free to all veterans and active-duty military with a valid ID, plus one guest. All veterans in attendance will be recognized and encouraged to participate in programs throughout the day.
Performances including traditional music of 100 competing dancers and drummers in the museum's two-story, glass-enclosed gathering space;
Native cuisine by acclaimed chef Sherry Pocknett (Mashpee Wampanoag); and shopping where patrons can meet and make purchases directly from more than 25 Native crafters and artists showcasing one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, leather goods, quillwork, baskets, flutes, clothing and more.
As stated in a press release, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center 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 U.S. and Canada. It holds the distinction of being the world’s largest Native American museum, serving as a major resource on the histories and cultures of Native Americans in the northeastern United States and on the region's natural history.
The museum encompasses permanent exhibits, the Mashantucket Gallery, classrooms, a 320-seat auditorium, restaurant, and museum shop, while the research center houses collections, libraries, archives, and archaeology and conservation laboratories.