The Colors of Schemitzun, The Green Corn Festival (photos)

Christina Rose Colorful regalia lit the day at the Mashantucket Pequot Green Corn Festival, Schemitzun in 2014.

This year’s Schemitzun will be held August 26 - 27

Every year in Connecticut you can catch an array of the state’s colors on display right next to talented dancers who have gathered to partake in the Mashantucket Pequot Nations Green Corn Festival known as Schemitzun.

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.

The following images were taken at the 2014 festival.

Christina Rose Two tiny tots shared their take from the Candy Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s Schemitzun festival.

Christina Rose Dancers from Wisconsin and Canada vied for first place in the Chicken Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s Schemitzun festival.

Christina Rose One young man had his roach adjusted in preparation for an honor dance.

Christina Rose Blanket Dancers brightened the dance circle with their colorful blankets.

Christina Rose Friends and families gathered at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s Schemitzun festival and enjoyed watching the different dance styles of tribal members from many different nations.

Christina Rose This tiny tot took direction from family members as she danced in Girl’s Traditional at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s Schemitzun festival.

Christina Rose Nations from the four directions, from Canada to New Jersey, from Wisconsin to the east coast, joined in the competition dancing at Mashantucket Pequot Green Corn Festival, Schemitzun.

Christina Rose One young boy danced like a true warrior at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s Schemitzun festival.

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