The Taínos of the Caribbean in the Age of the First European Conquest Online Presentation

Online Event

As we recognize the final weekend of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us in welcoming Dr. Mary Ann Mahony, Professor of Latin American History at CCSU, for an online presentation on the Taínos – the indigenous people of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. In other words, the Taínos were the people who “met Columbus,” in the […]

The Science and Tradition of Dugout Canoes

For thousands of years, the Native inhabitants of the Eastern Woodlands were able to make dugout canoes using natural materials found in their environment. Want to get an in depth look at how these vessels were made? Join Museum Assistant Lydia Downs, a graduate student in the Maritime Studies Program at Eastern Carolina University, for […]

“Resilience: Honoring Those Lost, Those Murdered, and Those Who Still Search” Poetry and Discussion with Osage Artist Dante Biss-Grayson

The Institute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT

November 13th, 4:00pm-6:00pm The installation explores the root causes of the MMIW epidemic. Through spreading awareness the artist promotes actionable change. According to the Urban Health Institute, 5,712 cases of MMIW were reported in 2016, of these, only 116 were logged into the Department of Justice Database. Dante Biss-Grayson, in this ongoing installation honors those […]

Dr. Lucianne Lavin Lecture “A Native American Winter”

A Native American Winter Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6:00p.m. Virtual Lecture   If you were a Native American living 500 (or 1000 or 5000) years ago, likely you would look forward to the winter season. Connecticut’s indigenous communities were outdoor peoples who not only survived but thrived under adverse weather conditions. They spent most of their lives […]

Anthropology Day Lecture with Dr. Margaret Bruchac

The Institute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT

Virtual Anthropology Day Lecture with Dr. Margaret Bruchac on "Animacy and Afterlives: Material Memories in Wampum Collections." About This Event In recognition of International Anthropology Day, we welcome Dr. Margaret Bruchac (Abenaki), Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, for a virtual presentation. In a […]


Strawberry Festival

Insitute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT

Saturday, June 18, 12:00pm - 4:00pm In Person Event When wild strawberries ripen, they represent life and good health. They also herald the ripening of fresh fruits and the arrival of summer. Visitors of all ages will enjoy games and crafts, as well as traditional Native American stories with Education Director Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke), while […]

$10 – $20

The Creator’s Game: A Virtual Presentation by Dr. Allan Downey

Tuesday, July 26, 7:00pm Virtual Event Dr. Allan Downey (Dakelh Nation) is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University. Among his numerous publications, Dr. Downey is the author of an award-winning 2018 book entitled The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood, which focuses on the history […]


Let’s Get Fired Up! Traditional Pottery Workshop

Insitute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT

September 24th, 25th & October 1st1:00pm - 4:00pm Join a three-day workshop where participants will be guided through the construction and pit-firing of their own clay vessel. Learn about elements of traditional pottery, including clay sourcing, temper, building methods, surface treatment, decoration and firing. Along the way, participants will learn about types of pottery found […]

An Evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer – RESCHEDULED

Thomas S. Perakos Arts & Community Center

 An Evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer has been rescheduled to:   Friday, October 28th 6:00pm-7:00pm   Free Event at the Thomas S. Perakos Arts & Community Center at the Frederick Gunn School   Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) is visiting Washington CT! Join us for an evening structured around connecting people with a healthier […]

Nebizun: Water is Life Gallery Talk with Vera Longtoe Sheehan

Insitute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT

Saturday, December 10, 1:00pm In-Person Event Nebizun is the Abenaki word for medicine and the root word Nebi is the Abenaki word for water. Nebizun: Water is Life is a powerful traveling exhibit that brings together artwork by Abenaki artists of the Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley regions. It illustrates the Abenaki relationship to […]