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Honoring The Veterans Powwow

We invite all members of the military, both Veteran and active duty and their families to join us in honoring and thanking this Country’s greatest heroes at our 2018 Veterans Powwow.

This event is open to all Native and non-native veterans, active duty military and their families, museum members as well as the general public who are encouraged to join us in honoring and thanking this country's greatest heroes at our 2018 Veterans Powwow being held inside the museum.

Generous support by our sponsors The Simon Konover Company and The Pepsi Bottling Company



Free Admission:

The following individuals are allowed free admission into the museum during the Veterans Powwow

- Native and non-native veterans with ID and one (1) guest

- Native and non-native active duty military and one (1) guest

- Museum Members

- Children under 6

Complimentary Food:To honor and thank service members we will be offering a complimentary meal of succotash or chowder and corn cakes or frybread to veterans/active duty military and one (1) guest


Admission Option 1 - Daily Museum Admission

Guests that purchase our daily museum admission have access to the entire museum including the powwow. Daily museum admission pricing is listed below:

- Adult - $20

- Senior (+65) - $15

- College Student (with ID) - $15

- Youth (6-17) - $12

Admission Option 2 - Powwow Access Only

Guests (adults, seniors, students and youth 6-17) can purchase powwow access tickets only for $10 if they want to experience only the powwow in the Gathering Space. Children under 6 are free. Purchasing a powwow access only admission does not allow you into the museum exhibits.

Powwow Dancer Registration Fee - $10

Dancers wishing to participate in the powwow can register at the front desk of the museum before 11:00 am and be dressed for grand entry at 11:00 am.


Foxwoods Rewards Points are accepted at the museum for admission, dining, memberships and gift store purchases.


To secure vendor space for the 2018 Veterans Powwow, please email cnewell@pequotmuseum.org  



Never been to a Powwow before? No worries! Read this Powwow FAQ.


What is a Powwow?

A Powwow is a gathering of men, women and children from different Native American nations. Friends, family and new people come together to sing, dance, share food, present their craftwork and socialize. These cultural events preserve Native American traditions and heritage.

What is a Veteran’s Powwow?

The respect shown to veterans is an integral part of the Native American culture. Native Americans have a rich history in the United States Military. The veterans of today are shown the same honor and respect as the warriors of times past. At Veterans Powwows, Native and non-Native veterans alike are especially venerated for their service.

I’m not Native American, are Powwows for me?

Yes! Powwows are at their core family and community events and we want to share our  culture and traditions with you!  

I’ve never been to a Powwow before, what do I need to know? 

Powwows are public events anyone can go to.  But, there are a few things that first timers should learn to expect.  Most instructions will come from the announcer so make sure you’re paying attention.  Certain parts of a powwow ask the public to stand for events such as the grand entry, flag song or honor songs.  Some dances, like intertribals and round dances, are open to the public and some are not. The announcer will inform the public when they can enter the arena to participate in a dance.  Cameras are allowed and welcome, but occasionally you’ll be asked not to photograph certain events and if you’d like to stop a dancer and take a picture with them, the proper thing to do is to ask their permission first.  The dancer’s outfit is commonly referred to as “regalia” and for Powwow dancers this is a way of life and not a show for the public so respect for their regalia is also key.  Please do not touch a dancer’s regalia unless invited.  Other than that, enjoy the music, dance, food, art and celebration that are going on and make sure you have a good time.

Why are there Head Judges?

Powwows added dance competitions as part of the celebration which began decades ago; where exceptional dancers were recognized with “prizes” like blankets and quilts.  This tradition evolved to awarding money as the prize and has since become part of the celebration.  Modern day Powwows like our Veteran’s Powwow invite dancers to come and celebrate, but also to have the chance to showcase their skills and compete against one another which adds to the excitement of the event.  Head judges are respected dancers hired by the Powwow committee to oversee the dance competition and insure fair judging of the dancers.  

What is an Arena Director?

The Arena Director is the individual responsible for keeping track of the singers, dancers and dance competitions and any other live events happening during the Powwow. The Arena Director works with the announcer to keep the Powwow organized and well-coordinated. 

What is the Grand Entry?

Each powwow begins with a Grand Entry or procession of dancers serving as the "bringing together of tribes." Dancers enter the dance circle by age and style of regalia. They are guided by two lead dancers, a male and a female, who follow the presentation of flags. Similar to the National Anthem, the Flag Song is the Native American way of honoring traditional native, state, and American flags. The audience is expected to stand during this time. 

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