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Foxwoods Casino Museum : The Pequot Nation Revealed

Look at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum on the grounds of Foxwoods Casino. The Pequot nation has brought some of the profits from the casino and built a museum dedicated to retelling the and culture of their people. The Pequots were farmers, fishermen, and gatherers. They had a complex society and had learned to live with Mother nature in mutual harmony. When the Dutch bolagila came in 1608 they helped them survive the harsh winters. In return the Dutch bought and sold iron goods for beaver pelts and wampumoag which are beans made out of sea shells. As the trade flourished the tribe went further North where beaver were more ample and bought and sold much sought after wampum with the Northern tribes. When the British came, they wanted to be most notable lucrative trade for the beaver pelts. That is when the problems began. By 1638 the Pequot Nation was decimated, their members given into slavery and bondage. Only a few escaped to survive. In 1983 the federal government recognized the existence of the Mashantuck Pequot Nation. Today they are successful, having one of the largest casinos in the world. Their profits, managed by the tribal authorities are used to improve physical and social services among the tribe and even outreach programs to other Native American groups. What took 25 years to destroy took only 20 years of hard work to bring back.

Even if you spend over six hours at the museum you will not able to see everything. The entry includes interactive videos about various areas of their lives. There is a life sized community with audio descriptions at over twenty-five different sites showing various areas of Pequot home life. A movie shown on a wrap around screen shows the Pequot Wars and the break down of the people. Outside is a 1780 Pequot Farmstead two massive areas in size with veg and herbal gardens and other plants, that your tribe used in their daily lives.

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