Portland Library to host virtual lecture on Connecticut Native American culture


The event will start at 6 p.m.

Lavin is director of research and collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies, a museum and research and educational center in Washington, according to a press release. She is an anthropologist and archaeologist.

“If you were a Native American living 500 (or 1000 or 5000) years ago, likely you would look forward to the winter season,” the news release sad. “Connecticut’s indigenous communities were outdoor peoples who not only survived, but thrived under adverse weather conditions.”

Native American spent most of their lives in the open air, and, during warm weather, people slept outdoors, the announcement said. Weetoos and wigwams (the Eastern Algonquian words for houses) were used for storage and as shelters in inclement weather.

This PowerPoint Zoom presentation describes the traditional winter activities of Native American before the coming of European settlers to Connecticut.

Lavin is author of “Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History, and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures.”

The meeting can be accessed through Zoom. The ID is 8603426777 and passcode is “Portland.”

For information and to register, visit portlandlibraryct.org.

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