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Pequot Museum Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Art Exhibit
Featuring 20 Local Native Artists, VIP Reception

Aug. 10 Reception Features Artist Meet & Greet, Native Hors D’oeuvres, Drummers;

Aug. 11 Public Opening Includes Flag Song, Artist Demonstrations    



MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – July 26, 2018 – The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center announced today it will celebrate its 20th anniversary by unveiling a new art exhibit featuring the works of 20 local Mashantucket Pequot artists. A private reception will be held on Aug. 10 beginning at 5:00 p.m., free and open to tribal and museum members only, featuring an artist meet and greet, Native hors d’oeuvres, drummers and the exhibit’s unveiling. The exhibit opens to the general public on Aug. 11 at 9:00 a.m. with drummers and the flag song, and runs through early December.


Titled Kutahshayooôkanun Mákooôkanash (Our Family Gifts: A Pequot Art Exhibit), this unique exhibit showcases a broad representation of traditional and contemporary Native works ranging from wampum, beadwork, illustrations, baskets, rattles and gourds to videography, photography, poetry and modern makeup artistry. Demonstrations of basket weaving, beading, moccasin design and more will be on display throughout the duration of the exhibit. Educators will also be on hand to interpret exhibit pieces.


Curated by 24-year-old Nakai Clearwater, artist and advisor to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Youth Council, the exhibit features works spanning generations, from tribal elders to youth.


Our Family Gifts is designed with great care to be meaningful to young and old audiences alike,” said Clearwater. “We have an unbroken timeline of producing traditional art over thousands of years that we still practice today, but our art has also evolved to evoke very contemporary themes. We are a modern people living a modern life but we’re closely in touch with our past, and this legacy is profoundly illustrated through our arts.”


The exhibit is located in the museum’s main gallery and entry is included with general admission beginning on Aug. 11. Visit PequotMuseum.org for more details.



About Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is a 308,000 square foot non-profit educational institution representing the history and culture of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the natural history of Southeastern Connecticut, and the richness and diversity of indigenous cultures and societies throughout North America.


Spectacular exhibits and galleries span 98,000 square feet showcasing tribal cultures, science, the arts, and the abundance of local natural resources from the Ice Age to present day. Open throughout the spring, summer and fall, the museum offers a variety of educational programs and exciting events for all ages. The facility consists of permanent exhibits, the Mashantucket Gallery, classrooms, a 320-seat auditorium, a restaurant, and museum shop, while the research center houses collections, libraries, archives, and archaeology and conservation laboratories.


For more information about the world’s largest Native American museum, please visit our website

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