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Join us this month to celebrate the beauty and variety of American Indian cultures – past and present. See how our history-changing research informs modern life and beliefs. Watch as a traditional dugout canoe takes shape before your eyes. Enjoy the flavors and aromas of our new menu items in the Pequot Café: made with indigenous ingredients; sourced from local and indigenous vendors.
Saturday, August 8 — Mishoon Launch into the Mystic River
In Mystic, CT, on Saturday, August 8, twelve New England tribal members will embark on a 6-mile round trip paddle from the Mystic Seaport Museum to the mouth of the Mystic River and back.
As a part of the celebration launch, hosted at Seaport Marine, we will have paddling demonstrations, an educational exhibition featuring Native artists, drummers and our very own team of archaeologists and experts answering questions and highlighting the historical significance of this area. As a museum member, you will have exclusive access to this event where we will be offering refreshments and light appetizers.
So why is this important? The Mystic river connects three of the Nation’s oldest Indian Reservations, from the headwaters near the Mashantucket Pequot and Eastern Pequot Reservations to the river’s mouth where the first Pequot reservation at Noank was located. The paddle will also acknowledge the 1637 “Mystic Massacre” on Pequot Hill, one of the most significant and controversial events in early American history. In subsequent centuries, as Indians lost rights to their lands, many turned to maritime labor. Mystic, CT became an important place where many Native people went to find work on commercial and whaling vessels. The Mishoon paddle is meant to educate the public about these hidden histories and to demonstrate that rich cultural traditions in the region persist.
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Artists-in-Residence: Calling Native artists
The Pequot Museum is now offering studio work space to Native artists free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. As an Artist-in-Residence, you can demonstrate your process to visitors, show your work, and help us design a retail option for selling your work. Learn more here or download a space request form.
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