Two Native American Festivals in August Celebrate Harvest with Music, Dance and Food – Hartford Courant

Two annual Native American events celebrating the harvest will take place in August: the Green Corn Festival in Washington and Schemitzun in Mashantucket.

The 17th Annual Green Corn Festival, presented by the Institute for American Indian Studies, will take place August 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion, 11A School St. in Washington.

Among the day’s entertainment are flautist Allan Madahbee of the Ojibwe Tribe, the Indigenous Nations Dance Troupe led by Erin Meeches of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, the Quahog Bay Drumming Group led by Devin Wixon of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation and a professional Native American. storyteller. The dance will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children’s activities and arts and crafts vendors are also offered.

Yapopup, the Indigenous Soul Food Truck owned by Pueblo Chef Ryan Rainbird Taylor of the Ohkay Owingeh Tribe of New Mexico, will offer traditional Native American dishes. GV Bites will sell Colombian fusion cuisine and Polar Sweets Ice Cream will sell desserts.

Admission to the festival is $15, $12 for seniors, $10 for children and IAIS members, free for children of members. Pre-registration on The event will take place rain or shine.

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Schemitzun: Green Corn and Dance Festival, a harvest celebration where attendees “give thanks to the Creator for our rich heritage while honoring our ancestors, warriors, veterans, and elders,” will be held Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and August 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds, 2 Matt’s Path in Mashantucket.

The weekend will include displays of traditional and contemporary tribal dancing, drumming and live music, Native American crafts, and a recreation of a 17th-century Eastern Woodland Village with demonstrations of hearth cooking, making wampum and fishing nets, beading looms and basketry. Native American chefs will prepare chowders, fish, game, seasonal fruit drinks, Indian tacos, burgers, fried bread and desserts.

Drum groups include the Wild Band of Comanches from Oklahoma and the Wiconzani from Connecticut.

A weekend pass is $15, a day pass is $10, a day pass for seniors and ages 6-12 is $8, children ages 5 and fewer are free.

There is no on-site parking. An event shuttle departs every 30 minutes from Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center (disabled-only) and three Foxwoods Resort Casino parking lots: Fox Tower Hotel Lop, Grand Pequot Tower Hotel Loop, and Great Cedar Hotel Bus Loop.

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Susan Dunne can be contacted at [email protected].

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