On April 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. KidsPlay located on Main Street in Torrington is offering a program featuring Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke Tribal Nation) from the Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) for an interactive presentation of the 12,000-year history of life in the Eastern Woodlands.
Kascak is the Education Coordinator at IAIS and Traditional Native American Storyteller and will share various visual and tactile resources to guide the discussion about how Eastern Woodlands Natives have adapted to their changing environment. With hands-on activities, participants will learn the importance of working together for the sake of the community, innovation through knowledge of natural resources, and how this knowledge can benefit everyone today. IAIS will bring along animal furs, replicated artifacts, organic instruments, and more contemporary items for an interactive and educational experience.
Reduced admission for this program ($2 per person) is offered because of the generous support from the American Savings Foundation and Nolin Selby Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.
About the Institute for American Indian Studies
Located in Washington, Connecticut, the Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS)—formerly the American Indian Archaeological Institute (AIAI)—was incorporated in 1975 as an outgrowth of local efforts to recover New England’s then-largely-unknown indigenous history. IAIS is a 501(c)3 museum and research center dedicated to providing unique, informative, and engaging experiences for our members and visitors alike.
About Darlene Kascak
Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke Tribal Nation) is the Education Director at The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut. Her experience as an educator, tour guide, museum assistant and Traditional Native American Storyteller has taught her the importance of educating both young and old about the many misconceptions and stereotypes about her ancestors. Her style of teaching from a Native American’s point of view allows children and adults the opportunity to have a new understanding of Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples lives both in the past and in the present.