The Institute for American Indian Studies located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut has planned a variety of events for November and December that will be fun for the entire family from learning about the Beaver Moon and joining the Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club for a lecture to shopping for authentic Native American Arts and Crafts at the Annual Holiday Market.
Beaver Moon Walk
November 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the perfect time to get outside and walk off some of that Thanksgiving Day Dinner with the staff of the Institute. On this walk, weather permitting guests will learn about the Beaver Moon, nighttime phenomena that people in the Eastern Woodlands have been experiencing for thousands of years.
The Beaver Moon that occurs only in November is more important than you think because it signals the start of winter and is the closest the moon gets to the Earth in its lunar cycle which is why it looks so full. Symbolic Native American full moon names offer a personality to each month. In November, Native Americans knew that beavers come into their fullness and would set traps for them early in the month.
The walk concludes with hot cider by the fire in the Institute’s replicated Algonquian Village. The cost of this walk is free for members of IAIS and $5 for nonmembers.
About Institute For American Indian Studies
Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS has an outdoor Three Sisters and Healing Plants Gardens as well as a replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village. Inside the museum, authentic artifacts are displayed in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary exhibits from prehistory to the present that allows visitors a walk through time. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut and can be reached online or by calling 860-868-0518.
The Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Through archaeology, the IAIS is able to build new understandings of the world and history of Native Americans; the focus is on stewardship and preservation. This is achieved through workshops, special events, and education for students of all ages.