Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Build a Gourd Birdhouse and More at the Institute for American Indian Studies

The Institute for American Indian Studies located in Washington Connecticut on 38 Curtis Road is hosting three family fun events in February.  

On February 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm and is called Slide it, Shoot it and Smack it... winter sports!  Participants will learn what types of games early Native Americans played in the winter. Participants will learn that there were team and individual contests of skill and games of chance. The group will spend the morning having some family fun playing traditional games such as snow snake, shinney, and archery!  The program will conclude at the campfire in the replicated Algonkian village where the group will sip hot chocolate and roast marshmallows. Snow is required for this event, so it is good to call in advance to confirm this event. This event is $8 Adults; $6 Seniors; $5 Children (ages 3-12); IAIS Members Free and admission to the museum is free.
A popular workshop where kids build a birdhouse from a gourd is taking place on February 16 from 10 am to 11:30 a.m. For centuries, Native American people have grown gourds and used them to make birdhouses, bowls, rattles and more! During the school break, bring the kids to IAIS to get them in touch with their natural side as we make painted gourd birdhouses to adorn your yard or porch. Registration and prepayment required; please call Khalil Quotap at (860)868-0518 x103 or email to reserve your spot.  The cost for the workshop is $15 Kids; $8 Adults  and includes museum admission. 
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