August 31, 2023
Indigenous trade and dance at Feast of Green Corn
A member of an Indigenous trade delegation to the Pequot First Nations people of Connecticut says the trip has brought both cultural and economic benefits.
Kaye-Maree Dunn, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi, says the group of about 20 entrepreneurs, mostly from Aotearoa but also Australia, Samoa and Hawaii, were honoured guests at the tribe’s end of summer Feast of Green Corn and Dance.
They also toured cultural and business assets, including the billion dollar casino that underpins their wealth.
“They’ve got a huge mall, they’ve got a 2000-room hotel, commercial interests in pharmaceuticals, and also security technologies… and the other reason why we’ve come across here is the possibility for them to diversify their investments – and explore Aotearoa,” she says.
Ms Dunn says the Pequot have been invited to Aotearoa early next year, where it will be our turn treat them like royalty.