Barking Up The Right Tree

june, 2024

02jun10:00 amFeaturedBarking Up The Right TreeInstitute for American Indian Studies10:00 am Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd, Washington, CT 06793

Event Details

Did you know that late spring and early summer is the best season to peel bark off of a tree? As such, it was the ideal time for local Native American communities to build and repair their traditional dwellings, crafts baskets, and make cordage for use in tool making and weaving fishing nets. As part of Connecticut Trails Day Weekend, join Museum Educator and Ecologist Susan Scherf from the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT for a guided walk focusing on the lessons of local plants and trees, including traditional uses of bark in Native American communities. The group will return to the museum’s 15th Century Replicated Algonkian Village for a hands-on experience utilizing locally sourced materials.

Please wear sturdy footwear and meet at the front of the museum, located at 38 Curtis Road off of Route 199. Although this hike will only be about 1 mile, participants should be aware that portions of the trail can be steep.
Pre-registration is encouraged. Please email [email protected] to register. You can also email or call (860) 868 0518 with any questions.

This is a free event, but does not include museum admission: $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors, $8 for children.

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(Sunday) 10:00 am


Institute for American Indian Studies

38 Curtis Rd, Washington, CT 06793