The annual event draws Eastern Woodland tribes from Connecticut to Wisconsin to the cultural grounds of the reservation – this year the event will be held August 26 and 27, 2017. Competitive and honor dances tend to bring out the best from the tiniest dancers to the elders.
The 2014 emcee Wayne Reels, Mashantucket Pequot, kept the spirits high and the fancy dancers on their toes. Drum groups Eastern Eagle, Young Blood, Silver Cloud and Storm Boys brought the heartbeat to the event.
Schemitzun is one of the best-attended pow wows on the northeast coast. Each year the event features authentic Native foods and certified craft vendors from all over Turtle Island. In 2014, an educational area featured traditional foods and cooking methods, storytelling, and examples of early Eastern Woodland village life.