16th Annual Native American Archaeology Roundtable October 30

On Saturday, October 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Institute for Native American Studies is hosting the 16th annual Native American Archaeology Roundtable via Zoom for just $10 per person. The focus of this important and informative session is suited for scholars and people that have an appreciation of how we study Native American culture and archeology today. A highlight of this program is to explore the past, present, and future of Native American communities and the ongoing relationship between them and archeologists.

One of the greatest misconceptions of the 19th and 20th centuries was the regard by scholars of the indigenous people of North America as simple and primitive. It was believed that their culture was quickly disappearing all over the country. During this time period, most archeologists ignored Native American community leaders and excavated indigenous burials and other sacred sites. In 1990, this viewpoint began to change because of federal legislation that required archaeologists and museum officials to consult with federally recognized tribes about archaeological surveys, excavations, and artifacts.

As a result of this ongoing and evolving relationship with Native American communities, archeologists continue to develop non-invasive archaeological technologies that provide answers and enhanced perceptions while respecting the sites and artifacts. Balance is now considered to be of the utmost importance. This year’s roundtable will focus on the present archeological practices and explore ways to reconcile and collaborate with mutual respect and understanding.

The roster of scheduled speakers is impressive and includes Dr. Margaret Bruchac from the University of Pennsylvania, Rolf Cachat-Schilling from the Ethical Archeological Society, Brenda Geer from the Eastern Pequot/NAHAC, Bonney Hartley from Stockbridge Munsee-Mohican, Michael Johnson from the Mashantucket Pequot, Cathern Labadia from the State Historic Preservation Office, and Marissa Turnbull from the Mashantucket Pequot. The organizer and chair of this event is Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut. Dr. Lavin is a member of Connecticut’s Native American Heritage Advisory Council, the editor of the journal of the Archeological Society of Connecticut, and the author of several books including Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples that can be purchased at the Museum’s gift shop. To register for this event click here. The registration fee is $10. For additional information and questions, please call the Insititute at 860-868-0518 or email general@iaismuseum.org.

About the Institute for American Indian Studies

The Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Located on 15 acres of woodland IAIS is home to permanent and temporary exhibits, nature trails, a replicated 16th century Replicated Algonkian village. During the school year, over 7,000 school-age children visit for hands-on programs to learn about the Indigenous people who have called Connecticut home for thousands of years.

Fragments of Memory Art Show in Stamford

The The Ferguson Library and the Stamford Art Association are pleased to present Fragments of Memory that will be on display from October 2021 through January 2022 with an opening on Thursday, October 21. The Ferguson Library is located in the DiMattia Building, the art show will be on the Third Floor Auditorium Gallery Bedford and Broad Streets, in Stamford.

Fragments of Memory will be on display through January 20th in the Main Library third floor gallery. This is the first exhibit by the SAA at the Ferguson Library since COVID-19 restrictions forced the Art at the Ferguson collaboration between the SAA and the library to be put on hold. The theme is tied to “Beloved”, Toni Morrison’s classic novel, which is part of the October Big Read Program at the Library. Guests will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours to attend the opening.

About the Stamford Arts Association
Established in 1971, the Stamford Art Association is a nonprofit 501 (3)c organization whose members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers and multimedia artists. In its 50th year, our mission as an arts organization is to provide a forum where emerging and professional artists can discuss and exhibit their work within the community and compete in juried shows. The Association’s Townhouse Gallery holds eight consecutive shows each year, two of which are solo exhibits and six are juried exhibits with prominent jurors from art schools, galleries and institutions in New York and surrounding areas, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Bruce Museum, and Museum of Modern Art. We host an international exhibit, the Faber Birren Color Award Show, and a High School Student Show for Fairfield County students. All artists, not just members, are welcome to submit their work for exhibits. Annual competitions draw submissions from local, regional, and national artists. The SAA also curates the 4 yearly “Art at the Ferguson” exhibits at the Ferguson Library.

Forest Bathing Wellness Walks @ Weir Farm

Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Jennifer Salkin, will be leading a slow-paced Shinrin Yoku hike. Shinrin Yoku, also called Forest Bathing at Weir Farm. Forest Bathing is a way to experience the natural world with attention to sense perceptions and has many health benefits. Register by calling 203-834-1896 x 28.

Forests have been imbued with magical, spiritual powers in folklore and fairy tales for centuries. But it’s their therapeutic properties that have captivated modern scientists. In Japan, shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing — defined as spending time among trees — has been considered a form of preventive medicine since the 1980s, when researchers in Nagano found that the practice lessens stress, boosts immunity and lowers blood pressure. Subsequent studies showed that soaking up the forest environment — the still atmosphere, the verdant scenery, the gentle crunching of twigs underfoot — reduces cortisol (the body’s primary stress hormone) and activates the parasympathetic (self-healing) nervous system. These findings paved the way for other holistic disciplines, including today’s forest medicine (the study of how wooded environments improve health) and ecotherapy (which considers the curative potential of natural settings).

Over the past decade, shinrin-yoku has become a well-established ritual among wellness buffs in the West, too, and from Baja California to the Berkshires, guided walks in the woods are now offered by rustic outfitters and high-end spas alike. Instead,forest bathing is simply about “connecting with nature through our sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.” But it’s the crisp, clean forest air that’s perhaps most powerful. Breathing in phytoncides, the aromatic oils released by trees, can increase the number of the body’s natural killer cells (a type of white blood cell crucial to the immune system that can limit the spread of microbial infections and tumors).

CT’s Beardsley Zoo Says Goodbye to Tiger Born at the Zoo

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will say goodbye next week to Reka, a female Amur tiger born at the Zoo, as she moves to a new permanent home. Born on November 25, 2017, Reka and her sister Zeya were raised by the Zoo’s animal care staff when their mother, Changbai, displayed no interest in her cubs. Zoo guests and supporters have followed Reka and Zeya’s journey from newborns whose survival was uncertain to the healthy young adult tigers they are today.

Managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), inter-regional transfers are arranged with careful attention to gene diversity in the hope that successful breeding will take place. Last year, Zeya was sent to Rosamond Gifford Zoo as an excellent genetic match to that Zoo’s resident male tiger. Reka’s new home zoo will announce her arrival once a standard quarantine period is complete later this fall. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo remains home to Reka and Zeya’s mother, Changbai.

Amur tigers are very rare and are critically endangered in the wild. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) statistics, today Amur tigers are thought to occupy less than seven percent of their original range. Threatened by habitat loss and degradation, poaching, tiger-human conflict, and loss of prey, four of nine subspecies have disappeared from the wild just in the past hundred years. The future of the Amur tiger has been a major concern of the world’s zoos for many years as the species has been pushed toward extinction.

There is an SSP program in place for many species of animals through oversight by a group called the Taxon Advisory Group (TAG). The SSP makes breeding recommendations based on genetics, age and health of animals, and need for more of the species to protect future populations. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Deputy Director, Don Goff, is the Co-Chair of the National Felid TAG group. He leads a committee of AZA-accredited zoo members whose goal is to save declining species.

“As sad as we are to say goodbye to Reka, the planned transfer of animals to other member zoos ensures the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied AZA population,” explained Goff. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has had repeated success in breeding endangered species, a testament to the Zoo’s animal care specialists and the highest quality of animal care. The Zoo has been the birthplace of multiple endangered species in recent years, including Amur tiger cubs, maned wolf pups, red wolf pups, three baby Giant anteaters, and two Amur leopard cubs.

About Amur tigers

The Amur, once called the Siberian tiger, is a rare subspecies of tiger, and the largest cat in the world. Adult male tigers can weigh up to 675 pounds, with females weighing up to 350 pounds. Similar to people’s fingerprints, no two tigers have the same striped pattern. Amur tigers differ from other tigers with fewer, paler stripes, and a mane that helps to keep them warm. They live in southeast Russia as well as small areas of China and North Korea. They live for 10-15 years in the wild, and up to 22 years in human care.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 99th year, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the Rainforest Building, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can ride on the carousel, grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and eco-systems is more important than ever.

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org. In accordance with the state of Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines: we recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and can maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks are required. Everyone over the age of two, except for those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available.

Flanders Haunted Hikes – Unspeakable Tales of Old Woodbury

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust located on Flanders Road in Woodbury is excited to announce the Flanders Haunted Hikes are back! The Haunted Hikes are taking place on Fridays, October 22 & 29 and Saturdays, October 23 & 30 from 4PM to 8 PM on the Van Vleck Farm & Nature Sanctuary. Every 13 minutes 13 souls go out into the woods to encounter the unspeakable! Hermit Guides will take you across our fields and forests to experience the folklore and legends of Woodbury.

Between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, join a family friendly hike for a not-so scary walk in the woods. But, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, be a braver soul for a spine chilling walk in the dark woods. The later walks are not recommended for children under 12 or the faint of heart!

Hikes will last about 30 minutes. Please leave your flashlights at home and come prepared for a night of adventure and dressed for the weather!

Cost is $7 per person. There will be seasonal refreshments available for purchase at the end of the hike. For more information on this event and to purchase tickets, please visit Flanders website at www.flandersnaturecenter.org or call (203) 263-3711.

About Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental education, and on the acquisition, conservation, and stewardship of open space. Through its land trust initiatives, Flanders actively works to protect important natural sites and the area’s landscape character and quality of life. Flanders manages over 2,400 acres of preserved land in Woodbury and neighboring towns. Educational programs for children and adults are offered at the Van Vleck Farm Sanctuary, Flanders’ main campus in Woodbury. Trails at its major nature preserves are open to the public at no charge from dawn to dusk. For more information, call 203-263-3711 or flandersnaturecenter.org

Learn How to Make Native American Leather Pouches @ Institute for American Indian Studies

A Sunday afternoon is the ideal time to learn how to make your own leather Native American style pouch on October 17 @ the Institute for American Indian Studies. This in-person small group workshop has been organized in one-hour time slots from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Under the guidance of the museum’s Education Department, you’ll learn how Native Americans used leather for clothing, pouches, bags, and other items of daily life.

Native Americans historically used leather pouches to carry many of life’s necessities. Pouches were made from a variety of materials, some were woven, and others were made from the hides of different animals, most commonly deer.

Sign up for a workshop that is both educational and engaging, as you learn how to make your very own unique and practical leather pouch that you can decorate with buttons, stones, and shells. After you have completed your project, you may find that you have a newfound appreciation for the artistry that went into making some of the artifacts in the museum’s collections.

Sign up with your friends and family to reserve a timeslot by clicking here. For questions call 860-868-0518 or email general@iaismuseum.org. The cost of participation including materials is $25 per person for non- members and $20 for members.

About the Institute for American Indian Studies
The Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Located on 15 acres of woodland IAIS is home to permanent and temporary exhibits, nature trails, and a replicated 16th century Replicated Algonkian village. During the school year, over 7,000 school-age children visit for hands-on programs to learn about the Indigenous people who have called Connecticut home for thousands of years.