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Virtual Learning Programs

Our interdisciplinary school programs are designed with the CT State Standards in mind to encourage discussions and provide interactive learning experiences for synchronous and asynchronous learning. With a variety of age appropriate exploration exercises, your students will learn while having fun! A number of additional activities can be incorporated into your core program, such as Native American Stories, and a live Q&A session with an educator.

A Storied Tradition

Online Video Presentation

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Darlene Kascak of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation will bring history to life as she shares Traditional Native American Stories in the Longhouse fashion. Since time immemorial, the oral tradition of storytelling has been used by Indigenous people to pass on the history, culture and life lessons from one generation to the next. These stories about animals teach valuable life lessons such as how to live in harmony with nature, how to be a good human being, the consequences for bad behavior, and answer questions about how things came to be.

Standard Program Length: 30 minutes

$97.00 per class/presentation

Quinnetukut: Stories of Survival

Online Video presentation

3rd & 5th Grade

Through a series of pre-recorded videos and optional live discussions, your students will be immersed in the lives of Native Americans as they were before and after European contact. Our educators share various visual and tactile resources to guide to strengthen their understanding about how Eastern Woodland Natives adapted to their changing environment and will understand how they used the resources they had available to them in some innovative ways. Students will learn the importance of working together for the sake of the community—driving innovation through knowledge of natural resources in order to thrive, and how that knowledge can benefit everyone today.

Standard Program Length: 1 hour

$197 per class/presentation

When Cultures Collide

Online Video presentation

Suggested 5th to 8th

In historical accounts about the colonization of the Americas, most of what is emphasized  comes from the colonial perspective and the Indigenous voices have all but been erased. For a complete and accurate view of history, both perspectives need to be better understood. With a combination of pre-recorded videos, analysis of primary resources, and an introduction to Indigenous oral traditions, students will hear about the different ways that these two cultures valued and interacted with the land, leading to drastically different world views. In understanding the perspectives of both cultures, students will be able to form their own opinions about cultural conflict in the past, and apply this knowledge to assessing current events. 

Standard Program Length: 1 hour

$197 per class/presentation

Power of the Eighth Generation

Suggested 9th to 12th

Online Video & Live discussion

Students will explore post contact history and the impact of stereotypes on public knowledge about Native identity. Some of the stereotypes about NA’s have led to the general invisibility of their culture and a lack of understanding about the generational historical trauma that these communities are dealing with today. By initiating meaningful conversations about the diverse issues in Indian Country, such as domestic abuse, addiction, mental health, living conditions on reservations, and understanding the environmental impact that things such as Dakota Access Pipeline have on tribal lands, this program empowers the 8th generation with the knowledge needed to take informed action. 

Add-on options to enhance the learning experience:

30 minute Live Q & A Session with Museum Educator $97

30 minute Traditional Native American Storytelling Video $97

30 minute Live discussion about Stereotypes and Where they come from $97

Etuaptmumk: Two-Eyed Seeing in Our Daily Lives

Suggested 9th to 12th 

Online Video

Etuaptmumk is a Mi’kmaw saying that translates to “Two-Eyed Seeing.” This concept refers to learning how to see from one eye the strengths of Indigenous knowledge, and from the other eye the strengths of Western knowledge.  This concept of Two-Eyed Seeing, as applied in modern times, can lead to powerful transcultural and collaborative work with the goal of leaving the world a better place for future generations. Join IAIS Education Coordinator and Traditional Storyteller Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation along with IAIS Educator and ecologist Susan Scherf for an interactive presentation and discussion that examines how people can include this “Two-Eyed Seeing” concept in their daily lives. We invite you to join the conversation.

Standard Program Length: 1 hour

$197 per class/presentation

Interested? Let us know!