The Wigwam Festival is a modern version of the ancient Mohegan Thanksgiving for the Com Harvest, or Green Corn Festival. Before the arrival of the Europeans, Mohegans held many Thanksgivings throughout the year in gratitude to the Creator for the earth's many gifts. Most significant was this Wigwam Festival or "Corn Thanksgiving," at which tribespeople annually reconnected with Mundu, the Creator and Great Mystery. Com was celebrated because it is the sustainer of life and spirit. Gladys Tantaquidgeon tells us that "In very early times, there was a fair tree near where Mohegan Church now stands, and the Green Com Festival was held there."
At the time of the breakup of the Mohegan reservation in the mid-nineteenth century, Medicine Woman Emma Baker revitalized the Com Festival, which then became known as the "Wigwam." Emma incorporated the Wigwam's restoration into the goals of the Mohegan Church Ladies' Sewing Society in 1860. By physically linking this festival to Mohegan Church in the year before the Mohegan Reservation began to break up, Emma focused tribal solidarity around the only post-reservation tribally owned land parcels.
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Event is held on the Mohegan Reservation at Fort Shantok, Uncasville, CT.
No on-site parking.
Parking is at Mohegan Sun's Thames Garage and shuttles will run throughout the day each day. Handicapped-accessible shuttles available upon request. There will be a pick up/drop off location at the casino bus lobby and the Concierge Desk can call for pick up at the hotel lobby upon request.
No dogs, alcohol or drugs allowed. Not responsible for accidents, damages, or lost and stolen property.
For more information
Call 1-800-MOHEGAN, extension 26125 for Chad Saunders.