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Native workshop: Surviving winter without today’s technology

These days, we are displaced from the resources we use through processing, manufacturing and shipping. But for Native people living in the Northeast, using resources and preparing for winter was vital to survival.



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So how do you find shelter, make food and stay warm when the weather is cold and your resources are diminished? On Sunday, Jan. 26, Institute for American Indian Studies educator Griffin Kalin will lead a program on how to survive in the Eastern Woodlands without 21-centure technology.

Participants will learn how to start a fire in the snow, how to find food in the forest and how to make a shelter from the natural environment, according to a news release. Visitors also will see examples of how Native Peoples of the Eastern Woodlands lived by visiting the replicated Algonkian village on the 15-acre site in Washington, Conn., that is composed of wigwams and longhouses and the remnants of “the three sisters garden.”

The experience, suitable for all ages, will make participants feel as though they’ve stepped back in time as they explore the forest and learn the ways of the Eastern Woodland Indians. Be sure to dress warm and wear appropriate footwear.

The Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington. $10, $8 seniors, $6 children; free members. 860-868-0518,



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