Artifact ID Day with Dr. Lucianne Lavin

The Institute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington

Sunday, July 25, 1:00pm to 4:00 pm (1 hour timeslots) In person, small group event Do you have any stone artifacts or Northeastern Native American cultural items? Between 1:00 and 4:00, sign up for a time slot with our Director of Research and Collections, Lucianne Lavin, Ph. D. for a small group Artifact I.D. Day. Join […]

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

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 be reading have been written […]

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 […]

16th Annual Green Corn Festival

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

Sunday, August 15th, 12:00 - 4:00pm In-Person, Outdoor Event, Rain or Shine Location: River Walk Pavilion, 11A School Street Washington, CT For thousands of years, corn has been an integral part of life for many Native American peoples. To honor and celebrate the first harvest, we welcome you to join us for our 16th Annual […]

River Ecology Explorations with Susan Scherf – POSTPONED

The Institute for American Indian Studies 38 Curtis Road, Washington

Due to the impeding storm, Hurricane Henri, River Ecology Explorations with Susan Scherf has been postponed to August 29th.  Due to the impending storm, we have decided to postpone the River Ecology Explorations Walk with Susan Scherf, originally scheduled for tomorrow, August 22. Instead, we invite you to join us on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00. […]

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

August Title: Bury My Heart at Chuck E Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge Wednesday, August 25, 7:00pm 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 […]

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 […]