• Wigwam Festival - Uncasville, Connecticut

      Wigwam Festival
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      The word wigwam means welcome. And Native Americans welcome outsiders every August to witness this celebration of native culture. The highlight is the dancing, in which representatives of many tribes, dressed in full traditional regalia (don't call their clothing costumes) compete for substantial cash prizes in several categories, based on dance style and gender. The festival is held to coincide with the corn harvest during the third weekend in August at Fort Shantok, site of a Seventeenth Century Mohegan settlement. (Uncasvaille is named after Uncas, a distinguished Mohegan chief.)

      If you go:
      Admission is free. Note that the location is also sometimes listed as Montville. But rather than go directly to the festival site (where you're unlikely to find parking) park at the Mohegan Sun Hotel Casino and take a free shuttle to the festival. Be sure to observe posted protocol about photography and other matters.


      Fort Shantok State Park
      Fort Shantok Road
      Uncasville, Connecticut 06382 USA

      Mailing address:
      Mohegan Community & Government Center
      13 Crow Hill Rd.
      Uncasville, CT 06382 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Mohegan Tribe Cultural Programs
      +1 (860) 862-6277