The Mohegan Tribe


Cultural Outreach

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, elderly centers, camps and local festivals.

Public Events

Wigwam Festival

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.

Other public venues

In addition, visitors can experience Indian dancing, drumming, flute playing, singing and storytelling at parades and fairs throughout Connecticut.

Educational program

The Tribe’s educational outreach also 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 Tribe history lecture, Tribal dance exhibitions and interactive dance participation, followed by a question and answer session.

Welcome/Opening Ceremony

Mohegan culture has been woven into the opening ceremonies for the Mohegan Sun and other Tribal buildings and programs. Conventions held at the 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

In addition, 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 language, drumming and singing, dancing or flute. Events include the Mohegan Potluck Intertribal Social, homecoming, the naming ceremony, cultural week and the public Wigwam Festival.

Event Information and Calendar

Annual Wigwam Festival

Dates in 2015: August 15-16, 10am - 7pm
Location: Fort Shantok
Free admission
Air conditioned parking shuttles
Download the Wigwam Flyer PDF