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Educational Powwow

 

The Pequot Museum’s Educational Powwow is a narrated exhibition showcasing Native American dancers and the significance of this cultural gathering for indigenous people.  Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the powwow experience and how it helps sustain a sense of community for America’s first people. 

The educational powwow begins with the Grand Entry, during which all the dancers line up by dance style and age and enter the museum's glass enclosed Gathering Space in a parade format. This is both exciting and visually inspiring part of the powwow tradition.

Grand Entry Times: 11am and again at 2:30pm

Drum groups will provide the music for the dancers and an emcee will explain the intention and meaning for each of the dance styles and give historical context.  

 

ITINERARY

11:00am-1:00pm  

Grand Entry - 11:00 am

  • Opening prayer 
  • Flag Song 
  • Veteran’s Song  
  • Intertribals 
  • Little Fox Dance Troupe performs (straight song and Calumet) 
  • Exhibition Dance Categories:  
    • Men’s Grass Dance
    • Men’s Eastern War
    • Women’s Eastern Blanket 
    • Men’s Traditional
    • Women’s Northern Traditional
    • Men’s Chicken Dance 
    • Men’s Southern Straight 
    • Women’s Southern Traditional 
    • Women’s Jingle 
    • Women’s Fancy 
    • Men’s Fancy 
    • Men’s Smoke Dance   

1:00-2:30  Lunch Break for dancers and singers 

2:30-4:30  

Grand Entry - 2:30pm 

  • Sneak up/Crow Hop 
  • Intertribals 
  • Round Dance/Two Step
  • Little Fox Dance Troupe
  • Exhibition Dance Categories:    
    • Men’s Grass Dance
    • Men’s Eastern War
    • Women’s Eastern Blanket 
    • Men’s Traditional
    • Women’s Northern Traditional
    • Men’s Chicken Dance 
    • Men’s Southern Straight 
    • Women’s Southern Traditional 
    • Women’s Jingle 
    • Women’s Fancy 
    • Men’s Fancy 
    • Men’s Smoke Dance  

4:25 Flag Song/Retreat  

4:30 Powwow Ends 

    This indoor event is FREE with museum admission. There will also be eastern woodland cuisine offered by our Chef Sherry in the restaurant, Native artists demonstrating and selling their crafts and of course our world class exhibits. Foxwoods rewards points are accepted at the museum for admission, dining, memberships and gift store purchases.