By Janet Serra

Posted: 01/05/2018 13:55:58

The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington Connecticut is hosting three exciting winter programs this January that are sure to delight and education.

The first is held on January 13 at 1 pm. Schaghticoke Native American, Darlene Kascak will tell participants about the Native American history of glove making and then teach participants how to make their very own unique pair of gloves out of leather. Space is limited; please call to register (860)868-0518 or email
Price: Non-Members: $20 ; IAIS Members: $15

On January 20, be your own "survivor" when you participate in the Eastern Woodlands Winter Survival workshop.  This is perfect for families that want to experience the wonder of winter as a "team".  This program will teach you what it takes to survive the New England winters without twenty-first century technology. Perhaps you've wondered how Native Americans were able start a fire in the snow, find food, or make shelter. Join IAIS Museum Educator Griffin Kalin for a fun and informative program appropriate for all ages. Dress warmly, as part of the program will be outdoors. Included in the price of admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $6 Children; IAIS members free.

To round out the month, on Jan. 31 don't miss the "blue moon" guided hike amid the winding trails that surround the museum. A blue moon is a fairly infrequent phenomenon that involves the appearance of two moons in one month. The moon is called "blue" because it appears bluish owing to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere. Participants in this event will learn more about the night time phenomena  and what it meant to people in the Eastern Woodlands that have been experiencing it for thousands of years. The walk concludes at the replicated Algonkian village for hot cocoa around a campfire.