River Ecology Explorations with Susan Scherf

Native peoples traditionally recognized that all beings are related and that animals and plants can be our teachers. The summer season is a perfect time to observe organisms in the Eastern Woodland Environment: watch a heron hunt, feel the exoskeleton of a crayfish, and listen to the soothing sounds of the bubbling brook. Join IAIS […]

 Connecticut Native American Communities Past and Present – Unearthing History: 2021 Virtual History Series

Thursday, September 9, 7:00 pm –. Presented by Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections, Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington CT.  She is author of Connecticut’s Indigenous People. What Archaeology, History and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures, Yale University, 2013. She will explain how these indigenous communities were the first environmental […]

From the Earth and the Sea: Founders’ Clambake and Drumming Festival

River Walk Pavilion, 11A School Street Washington, CT 11A School Street, washington

Event Location: Riverwalk Pavilion, 11A School Street, Washington, CT. Savor local Indigenous foods of lobster, clams, corn, and potatoes while enjoying drumming & dancing by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers! In Native communities, festivals are often a way to both celebrate and give thanks. At this annual event, we give thanks to the many members, visitors, […]

Smithsonian Museum Day

The Institute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. Participating museums across the country provide Free Admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Bring along your ticket and your curiosity! This is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone […]

As They Speak: Native Voices in Today’s Literature Virtual Book Club

Wednesday, September 29, 7:00pm on ZOOM Looking to expand your reading list and discuss a variety of issues and topics important to Native people? Please join our digital book club, As They Speak: Native Voices in Today’s Literature. Based on a variety of topics and featuring a range of genres, all of the books we will […]

Connecticut’s Paleo-Indian Sites – Unearthing History: 2021 Virtual History Series

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:00 pm.  Connecticut’s Paleo-Indian Sites. This final webinar will feature Dr. Zachary (Zac) Singer, Research Archeologist, Maryland Historical Trust and Dr. David Leslie, Archeological and Historical Services, Storrs, CT. Dr. Singer will present the excavations at the Templeton Paleo-Indian site in western Connecticut and Dr. Leslie will provide an update on the […]

Blood Memory: Movie Screening and Discussion with Carolyn Matter

The Institute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington

Saturday, October 9 at 1:00pm for In Person Screening In Person Event with Virtual Option The history of boarding schools and adoption to Non-Native families has seen countless numbers of Native American youth separated from their families and communities. Indeed, Native American /Alaska Native children remain three times more likely to be placed in foster […]

Virtual LHAC Lecture: And So the Tomb Remained with Nicholas Bellantoni

Sunday, October 10 at 3:00pm on Zoom The Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club welcomes Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, emeritus state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at the University of Connecticut. This presentation is based on his new book And So the Tomb Remained, telling of the former state archaeologist’s investigations into five 18th […]

International Archaeology Day

The Institute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington

Saturday, October 16, 11:00am – 4:00pm In Person Event Ongoing throughout the day, dig into the fun with IAIS Staff and uncover what makes archaeology such a fascinating field of study. Archaeology is the study of objects that people leave behind and helps those in the present figure out what life was like in societies […]

Sunday Fun Day Craft Workshop: Leather Pouches

The Institute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington

Sunday, October 17, Timeslots from 1:00pm to 4:00pm In Person, Small Group Event Join the IAIS Education Department for a small group craft workshop on a Sunday afternoon. Sign up for a time slot with your family and friends. Express your creativity while learning about the world around you and connecting with a culture that […]