The Institute of American Indian Studies in Washington Connecticut has a busy April planned that will be fun for the whole family. In the Artist Corner for example, the IAIS is proud to highlight the artistry of Takara Matthews, a member of the Abenaki
Sokoki tribe and a Champion Women’s Fancy Dancer and Jingle Dress Dancer. For sale will be a variety of beaded purses, medallions, earrings. Takara also proudly serves her country as Airman 1st Class in the Vermont Air National Guard.
On Saturday, April 12 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., the IAIS is holding a Native Soles, Moccasin Making Workshop. Traditional Native American clothing varied widely from tribe to tribe, but one nearly universal element was the moccasin. The word moccasin comes from the Algonquian word meaning shoe or footwear. These sturdy slipper-shaped type of shoe were sewn from tanned animal hide. Join Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke, and make your own classic style moccasin for a baby, child or an adult. Registration and prepayment required. Please call for reservations. Fee for Baby Moccasin: $25; $20 IAIS Members. Fee for Child or Adult Moccasin: $45; $40 IAIS Members.
April 26 is a big day at the IAIS as two exciting events are planned. At 1 p.m. in honor of Earth Day, the IAIS will be showing the Emmy -award winning documentary Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic Earth and Human Transformation. Weaving together Weaving together the findings of modern science with cultural traditions of the West, China,Africa, India and Indigenous peoples, this documentary explores the human connection to the cosmos. Fee: Included in regular museum admission: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors;$5 Children; IAIS Members Free.
Also on April 26 at 5 p.m. the Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club presents A Taste of Native America. This dinner will feature traditional foods and includes roast venison, rabbit with wild rice, steamed mussels, garlic mashed potatoes, acorn squash, pumpkin soup and Indian pudding. Non-alcoholic beverages included (BYOB if desired). Good food, music and conversation regarding the Club’s recent and upcoming archeological excavations will abound. Limited seating. Prepayment and registration required. Please call for reservations. The fee is $50 per person.
On April 27 from 12:30 – 3:30 the Institute is hosting Nature’s Bounty: Foraging for a Healthy Lifestyle that will teach participants to identify common edible plants in Connecticut.