Outreach activities involve members of the Cultural and Community Programs department and other Tribal members in bringing Mohegan culture to a wider audience. Activities include teaching Mohegan history, storytelling, dance demonstrations and bringing Mohegan culture to life via presentations of Tribal artifacts and their significance. Outreach programs bring Mohegan educators to schools, community and senior centers, camps and local festivals.
The major cultural event for the Tribe is the annual Wigwam Festival, held the third weekend in August. The event includes native dance exhibitions, Indian art exhibits, native craft vendors, traditional native food vendors, contemporary native performers and old style Pow Wow drumming.
Visitors can experience Indian dancing, drumming, flute playing, singing and storytelling at parades and fairs throughout Connecticut.
The Mohegan Tribe’s educational outreach program takes Tribal members to schools and community centers. Interested groups can request speakers and performers for a free, one-hour program. The program may include a Tribal welcome ceremony, woodland flute performance, Indian artifact exhibits, storytelling, Mohegan history lecture, dance exhibitions and interactive dance participation and a question and answer session.
Mohegan culture has been woven into the opening ceremonies for Mohegan Sun and other Tribal buildings and programs. Conventions held at Mohegan Sun can reserve a traditional opening ceremony for their events. The ceremony may include a welcoming ceremony, opening prayer and blessing, drumming and singing and a flute performance.
Tribal Member Events
The community outreach program provides many ways for Tribal members to learn more about and participate in traditional ceremonies, crafts and arts. Classes include instruction in Mohegan language, drumming and singing, dancing or flute. Events include the annual Mohegan Intertribal Social, homecoming ceremony, naming ceremony, cultural week and the Wigwam Festival.
To contact the Mohegan Tribe about Cultural Outreach opportunities, call 1-800-MOHEGAN.