Pequot Museum Hosts 8th Annual Veterans Powwow and FEAST, a Native Thanksgiving Buffet

Pequot Museum Hosts 8th Annual Veterans Powwow and FEAST, a Native Thanksgiving Buffet


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Pequot Museum Hosts 8th Annual Veterans Powwow and FEAST, a Native Thanksgiving Buffet

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the World’s Largest Native American Museum

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Nov. 4, 2019 – The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center announced today it will host its eighth annual Veterans Powwow and FEAST, a Native Thanksgiving buffet, this month. The public is encouraged to celebrate Native American Heritage month at these hugely popular events, both held inside the 308,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility and world’s largest Native American museum.

On Sat., Nov. 9, the Honoring the Veterans Powwow will unite and honor Native and non-Native Americans who have bravely served side by side in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 200 years. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the grand entry begins at noon. Drawing nearly 1,000 veterans, active-duty service members, families and members each year, attendees will be immersed in breathtaking performances, dazzling regalia and traditional music as 100 dancers and drummers compete inside the soaring, two-story, glass-encased Gathering Space.

Powwow admission for veterans and active-duty military with a valid ID plus one guest is free and includes a complimentary luncheon at 2 p.m. Entry for museum members is free; general public $10; children 5 and under free. Specialty lunch fare including Native American dishes will be available at the Pequot Café. For more details click here.

FEAST, a Native Thanksgiving buffet, will take place on Sat., Nov. 23, from 3 – 5 p.m., with a members only reception from 2 – 3. Diners will enjoy a mouthwatering, Native-inspired menu featuring traditional flavors with a modern twist prepared using locally sourced seafood, game, turkey and produce. Signature dishes include roasted cedar-planked salmon with onion jam; roasted venison with local wild mushrooms; butternut squash cakes topped with sunflower and pumpkin seeds; succotash soup; stuffed acorn squash; three sisters’ rice; blueberry cobbler; pumpkin flan with maple caramel sauce; and more. The museum’s education supervisor, Chris Newell, will offer insights on Native cultures and foodways prior to the buffet. Cost for adult members is $55; adult non-members $75; children 12 and under $35. For a complete menu and to register please click here.

“Each of these events is truly a feast for the senses,” commented Joe Baker, executive director of the Pequot Museum. “We look forward to gathering with our surrounding communities to celebrate our rich national heritage and the traditional sights, sounds and flavors of the bountiful fall season.”

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.