The section called The Pequot War takes a very different view of the life among the Pequot people. In the mid-seventeenth century competition between Indian groups and English and Dutch settlers became intense as they struggled for commercial advantage and territory. The white settlers fought amongst themselves and solicited Indian support when it was advantageous to them. This all culminated in the Pequot War in which over 600 members of the Pequot tribe were killed and the survivors sold into slavery or other forms of servitude. Only a thin strand kept some of them together and kept tribal memory alive. One part of this section is a very vivid and violent film depicting the massacre. According to Wikipedia, the smallpox epidemic of 1616 – 1619 made the massacre possible. After the massacre there followed 300 years of poverty and dispersion while a few people kept the story alive. In the 1970’s, under the leadership of Skip Heyward, the Pequot nation began to rally to recover their land and their identity. Out of this effort has grown Foxwoods Casino, the largest in the world, and this museum to tell the story. As nearly as I can tell from a brief search of the Internet, the story is told pretty straight from the Pequot’s point of view. The wealth created by this enormously successful casino has thrown off enough money to create a wonderful and thought provoking museum.
All pictures are taken from the museum web site and will be removed at their request.