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Mashantucket Pequot Museum
 

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Mashantucket Pequot Museum

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Mashantucket Pequot is translated to mean “people of the shallow waters”. This Tribal Nation continues to build community infrastructure like roads, public safety complex, shipworks company, restaurants, hotel and Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. 

Mashantucket Pequot Museum located at 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338-3180 is the world’s largest and most comprehensive Native American museum and research center. October, 1993 marked the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Museum and Research Center; August, 1998 it was opened to the public on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation. The center offers engaging experiences for all ages from life size walk through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures. Extensive exhibits depict 18,000 years of Native and natural history. There are two libraries, one for children, which includes diverse selection of materials on the histories and cultures of all Native people of the United States and Canada.

Research departments in the museum include Archaeology, Collections Management, Curation, Conservation and Historical Research. The primary mission is to preserve the history and cultural heritage of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe through a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural perspective that incorporates oral history, archaeology, material culture and written records. The Research department provides materials and expertise to assist Mashantucket Pequot Tribal members, other Native tribes professional and the general public to obtain information that will increase awareness and understanding of Native, people throughout the northeastern United States.

The Archaeology Department function was to identify, document and preserve place of cultural, spiritual and historical significance to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.  This department also conducts research on Northeastern prehistory and the history of Native people, Africa-Americans and presents results to local, regional and national audiences through publications, lectures, conferences and educational programs.

The Curation Department identifies, research and interprets the Native American Collections that is ethnographic and historic archaeological materials from the reservation as well as the greater northeast region. Additional responsibilities of this division include research, design, and layout of both in house and traveling exhibitions in the Museum and Research Centers galleries.

Responsibilities of the Historical Research staff are interpreting historical documents, archaeological date, collecting, synthesizing, and oral histories as they relate to the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and other Native American communities in southern England.

The Conservation Department oversees treatment of museum artifact collection; preservation issues such as temperature and humidity, amounts of light, safe supports and mounts for artifacts and damage from harmful insects are addressed on permanent display, traveling exhibits and objects in storage. This  division in addition analyze a wide range of objects and material using high-powered microscopes and an e-ray facility to learn how an artifact is made in preparation for active treatment, as well


as to advance understanding of material culture and its relation to cultural history.

Collections Manager/Registrar department is in charge of the care, handling and inventory of all ethnographic, contemporary and some archaeological objects within the collection. They are responsible for conditioning, reporting, crating, shipping and movement of objects inside and outside of the museum environment, inventory of the collection as well as the incoming and outgoing loan process between other institutes, assistance to other departments within the museum.

http://nedv.net/museums/

http://www.pequotmuseum.org/

http://www.pequotmuseum.org/Home/ResearchCollections/

http://www.pequotmuseum.org/TribalHistory/TribalHistoryOverview/TribalHistoryOverview.htm

 

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