Connecticut's Native American History
Connecticut's name comes from Quinnehtukut, which means "beside the long tidal river, " the Connecticut River.
When colonists arrived, about 20,00 Native Americans from several tribes inhabited the state.
Their heritage is reflected in place names statewide and several cultural centers
Day-Lewis Museum, Farmington (Greater Hartford): Yale-owned Native American archeology museum housed
in last of Tunxis Indian homes, a post-and-beam building that houses artifacts found on site.
Indian Burial Grounds, Norwich (Mystic & More): Resting place of the great Mohican chief, Uncas, who gave land for settlement of Norwich.
Indian & Colonial Research Center, Old Mystic (Mystic &More): Research library, artifacts, rare photographs.
Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington (Litchfield Hills): Algonkin artifacts and art,
furnished longhouse, outdoor simulated archeological site, 17th-century Algonkin village, native plant trails.
Somers Mountain Indian Museum, Somers (North Central): Native American artifacts form across North America.
Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum, Uncasville (Mystic & More): Eastern Woodlands Indian life and lore exhibits, crafts displays of Northern Plains and Southwestern tribes.
EVENT: Annual Connecticut River Powwow, Farmington Polo Grounds (Greater Hartford): Every August, the state's oldest
Native American gathering features native village, music, dance, crafts, foods, storytelling, displays, competitions and more. 860-684-6984
EVENT: Schemitzun - Annual Festival of Green Corn and Dance, Wintechog Hill, North Stonington (Mystic &More): Annual September
event in its 7th year in 1998. Elaborate presentations of traditional dance and Native American festival ritual. Camping permitted. Hot Line: 1-800-244-CORN.
LANDMARK: Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center,
Ledyard (Mystic &More):
World's pre-eminent cultural center and museum celebrating Native American history, culture art. Library sets new world standard for Native American collections