Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The History of Schemitzun

Little Miss Mashantucket
Every year the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation hosts a pow wow called Schemitzun. It started years ago in the Hartford Civic Center because the tribe did not have a location to host the event. Later it was moved to "The Bowl" which was a open space next to Foxwoods Resort Casino. That only lasted one year due the rapid development of the casino.

The next location lasted a bit longer. They purchased a old farm in the neighboring town of North Stonington and the event grew to 4 days, 100 vendors and 1,000's of dancers. The pow wow to celebrate the Green Corn Harvest had become one of the biggest events in Indian Country. It stayed at that location until 2008. In 2009 the tribe decided to make the event smaller in face of a declining economy.

Schemitzun was renamed the Green Corn Pow Wow and moved to a ballroom at Foxwoods for 2009 and moved to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in 2010. These were temporary locations while a new, permanent place on the reservation could be built. In 2011 the annual pow wow was moved to it's new home at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds and the name was changed back to Schemitzun.

Every year since there have been tweaks and improvements as the pow wow settles into it's new home. While the event is done for this year - as it's always held the weekend before Labor Day Weekend (or in pow wow terms between Mohegan and Shinnecock) - I do hope that you will join us for next year's celebration of the Green Corn.