Date of Submission

Spring 2012

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Laura Kunreuther

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This project is an ethnographic study of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, located on the Mashantucket reservation in Connecticut. The tribe is famous for owning and operating Foxwoods Casino, which funded the nearly $200 million museum facility. By examining the physical construction of the museum's exhibits, I uncover the narratives that the museum conveys through it's display of "Pequotness" and Pequot history. Additionally, I examine a mediating force upon the museum's narrative: the museum's public programs department, responsible for guiding tours and educating visitors.

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