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    Monday, May 27, 2024

    Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance

    Tribal members, from left, Malachi Hall, of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Raheem Eleazer, of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and Darius Coombs, of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, work on hollowing out a canoe during the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Lurch Pagan, of New York, a member of the Taino Tribe, works on arranging necklaces he made for sale at his Feather Moon booth during the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Willow Gambel, left, 2, adjusts during the belt worn by her sister Christine Mozqueda, 17, both members of the Navajo Nation from Arizona, before participating in the Grand Entry of the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Tribal members wait to participate in the Grand Entry during the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Members of the Young Blood drum group, from New York, perform during the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Koda Hunter, 12, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, gets help from his dad Micah Hunter as he puts his mens fancy regalia on before the Grand Entry during the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Lauren Peters, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from Massachusetts, blows on a fire to get it started during the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Tribal members wait to participate in the Grand Entry during the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    David Fire Arrow, a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, smoothes out the edges of a shell during the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. He is a traditional artist who uses authentic tools to make Wampum, jewelry and regalia out of Quahog shells. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    David Fire Arrow, a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, smoothes out the edges of a shell during the Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds on Sunday, August 27, 2023. He is a traditional artist who uses authentic tools to make Wampum, jewelry and regalia out of Quahog shells. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Mashantucket — Tribal members and visitors gather at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds for Schemitzun Feast of Green Corn and Dance on Sunday, August 27, 2023.

    The annual festival is to usher in the 2023 harvest season and “give thanks to the Creator for our rich heritage while honoring our ancestors, warriors, veterans, and Elders.” It features dance competitions and drumming as well as authentic food crafts and a 17th-century Eastern Woodland Village exhibit.