The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe celebrates Schemitzun

Culture club: Schemitzun returns this weekend, presented by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. This Feast of Green Corn and Dance pays tribute, according to the event's brochure, "to Mantoo (Creator), provider of all things and celebrating our harvest, ancestors, elders, veterans, family and Native American heritage."

Break it down: Schemitzun showcases arts and crafts, from beadwork to paintings, as well as native cuisine, from fried bread to buffalo burgers.

It takes a village: Visitors can see history come alive at a 17th-century Eastern Woodland Village Exhibit, with re-enactors telling stories, cooking, and making wampum.

Poetry in motion: One of the most impressive parts of Schemitzun is the dancing. The dramatic grand entry - which happens at noon and 6 p.m. Saturday and at noon Sunday - is always a big draw. So, for that matter, are the dancing exhibitions and contests. The schedule is: 10-11:30 a.m. for entertainment, and noon-10 p.m. (although until 6 p.m. only on Sunday) for intertribal, Eastern social and competition dancing.

A free ride: There isn't any parking onsite at the event. Instead, free shuttles are available from Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

Schemitzun, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., Mashantucket reservation: $8 ($5 seniors and kids, free for kids under 5); (860) 396-2136, schemitzun.com.

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