Come join us for one of our annual events...
Maple Sugaring Festival
For centuries, maple syrup and sugar were used as sweeteners and flavorings in countless traditional Native American dishes. Every March, when the days are warm but the nights are still cold, IAIS holds its annual Maple Sugaring Festival. Visitors learn how local Native Americans traditionally made maple syrup by collecting sap and stone-boiling. Primitive Technologist, Jim Dina, demonstrates these techniques while discussing the importance of maple to Native American culture. The Maple Sugaring Festival also features children's crafts and fresh, hot pancakes with local maple syrup!
Primitive Skills Day
What would you do if you didn't have a match to start a fire? Or a metal pot to cook in? Or a grocery store to buy food? How did early peoples survive without these luxuries? Every year in late spring, visitors can discover the answers to these questions and more at the IAIS Primitive Skills Day. Primitive Technologists, Jeff Kalin (Cherokee descent) and Jamie Leffler, along with other guests and experts, demonstrate survival techniques such as creating fire with friction; shooting bows and arrows; creating stone tools; and building simple survival shelters.
Green Corn Festival
For over a thousand years corn has been an integral part of the annual cycle of life for Native American Peoples. Every year in August, IAIS invites visitors to celebrate the first corn of the season with our annual Green Corn Festival. Fun-filled activities for the whole family abound, with kids' crafts, traditional Native American foods and storytelling. For the past several years, the Green Corn Festival has featured the Wampanoag Singers & Dancers as well as the drum group, Sint-Sink Singers.
Held every year in autumn, the Archaeology Roundtable consists of presentations and panel discussions on a particular theme. Previous themes include Native Conflict; Peopling Of The New World; and Archaeology's Role & Responsibility In Contemporary Politics. Presenters and panelists include respected archaeologists and anthropologists, as well as prominent figures and leaders from the Native American community. The Roundtable is a free event and audience participation is encouraged.
Each year at Veterans Day, IAIS honors a local Native American who has served in the United States military. Throughout history Native Americans have served their country with the highest record of service per capita when compared to any other ethnic group. During a traditional ceremony in our outdoor village, visitors and guests join in remembering all veterans, Native and non-Native, who have served our country with courage and pride.
Native American stories have always been used to teach, intrigue and entertain people of all ages. For generations, winter was the time for storytelling, when people spent their days indoors and out of the cold. Each year in November, IAIS invites a Native American storyteller to share traditional legends with visitors of all ages. Participants in previous years have included: award-winning Abenaki storyteller and renowned anthropologist, Marge Bruchac; award-winning Blackfeet/Narragansett storyteller Tchin, who was featured in the PBS web documentary Circle Of Stories; and the Schaghticoke storytelling group The Three Schaghticoke Sisters, composed of Schaghticoke Elder Trudie Richmond, her sister Peggy LaConte and Trudie's daughter Erin Meeches.
Every year, throughout the month of December, IAIS hosts local Native American crafters, jewelers and artists at our annual Indian Market. Visitors are able to take advantage of this opportunity to meet and buy directly from the artists, while learning about contemporary Native American art and cultures.