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IAIS continues to be a membership organization. In addition to annual support from members, IAIS reaches out to foundations and corporations for grant and funding opportunities. This year, more than 10,000 people visited us and another 15,000 students particip... more.
Essex Land Trust
Dr. Lucianne Lavin, anthropologist and archaeologist is the Director of Research and Collections at the Institute of American Indian Studies in Washington, CT.
Her lecture will focus particularly on the Wangunks, a populous, powerful tribe with homelands on both sides of the Connecticut River Valley. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Essex Historical Society, Deep River Historical Society and the Deep River Land Trust. Explore The Preserve from the perspective of archeologists Nicholas Bellantoni, and Lucianne Lavin.
Illustrated presentation by noted archaeologist and IAIS' Director of Research and Collections, Dr. Lucianne Lavin.
Choose from the following topics focusing on archaeology and/or an intriguing aspect of the history and culture of American Indians both past and present, or historic non-Native persons throughout Connecticut and New England. The history, culture and traditions of the first settlers of the Northwest Corner will be the subject of Dr. Lucianne Lavin's illustrated PowerPoint presentation. Dr. Lucianne Lavin, director of research and collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut, will discuss her background in anthropology, archaeology and indigenous studies and her reasons for writing the book, Connecticut's Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History and Oral Traditions tell us about their Communities and Cultures. During this PowerPoint presentation, she will also introduce the audience to the book's major tenets, which will be followed by a general question and answer period and book signing. This presentation is a result of Dr. Lucianne Lavin's research in 2010 as the Scholar in Residence at the Stockbridge Mission House in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The program was funded by Mass Humanities, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Join archaeologist Lucianne Lavin, the Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies, for a leisurely walk through the meadows and woodlands of your preserve, the homeland of Native American communities for thousands of years prior to European settlement. Dr. Lavin will point out the bountiful variety of natural resources that likely drew indigenous peoples to the region and discuss their importance to their Native American cultures. She will also describe the archaeological research, whose discoveries have contributed to our knowledge of Native settlement and land use within and adjacent to your land.
Mission & History
The Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club, under the direction of IAIS's Director of Research and Collections, Dr. Lucianne Lavin, offers a summer excavation of a village dating back over 4,000 years, as well as a lecture series during the winter months.
Washington Business Association - History
Special thanks to Lucianne Lavin of the Institute for American Indian Studies
Research & Collections:Lucianne Lavin, PhD