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Institute for American Indian Studies - Special Events 2016
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 Saturday  October15th, 10:00am-4:00pm
Wilbur Cross, South Reading Room, UCONN Storrs Campus

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 Visit IAISís booth at the Connecticut Archaeology Fair! Lectures and kid-friendly events occur throughout the day, including seeing and touching real artifacts! Free with a suggested $5 donation for ages 18 and over.

Saturday October 22nd, 1:00pm-3:00pm

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The town of Washington is celebrating all that is Gilmore Girls! Enjoy coffee and scones before putting on your walking shoes and exploring the trails at IAIS ó you just might find something unexpected. Test your scavenger hunt skills and discover items that will bring back fond memories of the show we are all celebrating! Find them as fast as you can and you just might win a Gilmore Girls themed prize. Fee $15.00.

Friction Fire Workshop
Saturday November 12th, 12:30pm-4:30pm

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Create fire using only what nature provides, the way Native American people did for generations. Andrew Dobos and Deneen Bernier of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living will guide you through the process of making fire by friction using the bow and drill method. Each participant will leave with their own set of fire making tools. This is a physical skill; kneeling, bending and the safe use of a knife are required.

Space is limited, preregistration is required. Fee; $25; $20 IAIS Members.

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Full Moon Walk
Saturday November 12th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

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 We will navigate by moonlight through our replicated Algonkian village and surrounding woods with traditional lanterns through hemlocks, witch hazel and oaks. Engage your sense of smell and hearing as you experience the outdoors in a different way! We will conclude our journey through the forest filled with autumn smells and nocturnal noises by relaxing around the campfire. Fee $15; $12 IAIS Members.

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Veteran's Day Celebration
Sunday November 13th, 12:00pm-2:00pm


Each year IAIS honors a local Native American who has served in the United States Military. Join us in honoring and remembering all veterans, Native and non-Native, who have served our country with courage and pride. Throughout history, Native Americans have served their country with the highest record of service per capita when compared to the general American population and to any other ethnic group. Following a traditional ceremony in our outdoor village, participants will be invited to a light lunch. Donations welcome.

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Winter Indian Arts & Craft Market
Weekends of November 26 & 27; December 3 & 4, 10 & 11
Hours: Saturdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Sundays 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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Weekends of November 26 & 27; December 3 & 4, 10 & 11 Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from our local Native American crafters, jewelers, and artists at the Winter Indian Arts & Craft Market! Take advantage of this time to meet and buy directly from the artists while learning about contemporary Native American art and cultures. Stop by to purchase gourds, pottery jewelry, rattles and artwork. Featured artists include Jeff and Judy Kalin of Primitive Technologies, Inc., Allan Madahbee, Janis Us, Vera Longtoe Sheehan and more.  


In our mission to preserve, promote and share the Spirit of the Northeast's First Peoples we continually move forward bringing new exhibits, voices and experiences to all. We strive to inspire contemporary understanding of and respect for all indigenous cultures remembering we are all connected in the circle of life. Whether you are participating in a school field trip, dropping by to enjoy our beautiful wooded 15.5 acres, museum exhibits or attending one of our many engaging and fun-filled programs, IAIS always has something wonderful to share.

The museum building is wheelchair accessible. Trail areas may not be. It is suggested that you contact the museum staff regarding individual needs and situations.
From Danbury, CT and NY from the West
Take I-84 East to Exit 15. Turn left towards Roxbury on Route 67. At 4th light Route 67 turns left. Follow Route 67 through Roxbury to Route 199. Turn right on to Route 199. Go 3 miles and turn left on to Curtis Road.
From Hartford, Waterbury and CT from the East
Take I-84 West to Exit 15. Turn right towards Roxbury on Route 67. At 3rd light Route 67 turns left. Follow Route 67 thru Roxbury to Route 199. Turn right on to Route 199. Go 3 miles and turn left on to Curtis Road.
From Western CT
Take Route 7 to New Milford and Route 67. Take Route 67 towards Roxbury. Turn left on to Route 199. Go 3 miles and turn left on to Curtis Road.
From Washington Depot, CT
Take Route 47 South past Washington Green approximately 1.5 miles. Take a right on Route 199. Turn right on to Curtis Road.
Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road   P.O. Box 1260
Washington, CT 06793
(860)868-0518 (telephone)   (860)868-1649 (fax)
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