I finally went (after many a suggestion from my adviser) to the Pequot Museum near Foxwoods. It really made sense that she wanted me to go. The Pequot Museum features Pequot values and history in really beautiful ways. It’s a really great museum–imagine what kind of money Foxwoods must have been able to funnel into it! A huge indoor “tribal village” tons of dioramas, life size mannequins, stuffed animals, etc. The audio guide was really well done.
The focus for me seemed to be on things –most of what you learn is about tribal life and how it was sustained through a network of wide-reaching trade routes long before the Europeans showed up. Then things went well with them for a while, trading up a storm, until the Europeans totally screwed them over–
The second part of my day involved going to Newport, to see some mansions. It was a really strange series of events. But I can’t help but think that the way Foxwoods is run today isn’t as (ethically?) complicated as running Newport must have been in the Gilded Age.