Unravel The Mystery

  • Sitting Bull's Jacket
  • Sioux Headdress
  • Sitting Bull's Powder Horn
  • Maria Martinez Black On Black Pottery
  • Tecumseh's War Club

An Event To Benefit The Care And Preservation Of Our Collections
Friday, January 20th (Snow Date Saturday, January 21st)
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Enjoy the unique music of the Mixashawn Jazz Trio, Native American inspired foods & local wines and a live & silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind pieces of Native American art.

Hear the hypotheses. Examine the evidence. Form your conclusions. You be the detective! Did this jacket actually belong to Sitting Bull? Was this his powder horn? Could Tecumseh's war club really be housed at the unassuming Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center, tucked away in the Litchfield Hills?

Even our most frequent visitors are unaware of many of the wonderful artifacts with which we are entrusted. The evidence pointing towards their origins is inconclusive, yet tantalizing. In addition to the aforementioned jacket, powder horn and war club, the Institute for American Indian Studies also has such treasures as spectacular pottery pieces by the famous Southwestern potter, Maria Martinez; and a Plains style headdress believed to be one of the longest, if not the longest, of any in North America.

These magnificent pieces - and the countless other artifacts in our collections - are our responsibility and the proper care and maintenance of them is one of the most important tasks we undertake. The costs associated with this preservation are staggering: maintaining a climate-controlled environment continuously; purchasing archival quality papers and boxes for proper storage; acquiring protective cases and wall mounts to allow us to display the artifacts; the list goes on. In order to ensure that these significant cultural objects survive to teach future generations, we need your help.

So come Unravel the Mystery for a private showing of these and other exquisite pieces. See the evidence for yourself. Hear expert analysis from Dr. Lucianne Lavin, respected archaeologist and our Director of Research and Collections. Be an archaeologist for a night and piece together the clues to recreate the past. Was this Sitting Bull's jacket? His powder horn? Was that Tecumseh's war club? You decide when you Unravel the Mystery!

Tickets still available...call (860)868-0518
$35 per Individual / $50 per Couple