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Nunootayunonash - Our Baskets

Special, temporary exhibit in the Mashantucket Gallery. 

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Nunootayunonash in the Pequot language translates to “our baskets”. 

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center’s (MPMRC) collection contains over 500 indigenous made baskets from the Eastern Woodlands with more than 250 of them representing various tribal communities and basket makers from Southern New England. 

Nunootayunonash “Our Baskets” exhibition highlights over forty ash splint baskets from our collections, and on loan from the Peabody Museum of Natural History Yale University. 

Curated and designed in-house by a dedicated team of MPMRC professionals, Nunootayunonash features 40 plus Southern New England ash splint baskets from the 19th and 20th century. The exhibition highlights how natural resources are harvested, including tools, techniques and design aesthetics used during and after construction while other themes focus on economic changes that have taken place within the local indigenous basket making community over time.  In addition, we invite you to learn about some of the local indigenous basket makers of the past while you view their associated baskets from our collection. 

The MPMRC is strategically working towards creating a model that addresses climate change and social issues from an indigenous perspective. Nunootayunonash goes further than just displaying baskets from our collection. Come learn about the devastating effects of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer Beetle on ash trees across the country and the cultural and economic issues faced by current and future indigenous basket makers. Learn about preventive measures taking place and what you can do to help. 

Free with museum admission. Stay Tuned for more information!