Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mashantucket Pequot Museum January Schedule

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The following events are scheduled for January at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum:

Fridays, Jan. 2 and Feb. 20, 11 am-2 pm
Native Games and Sports of the Arctic
Be a sport—join games that challenge strength, agility, and endurance: traditional arctic pastimes like knuckle pull and knuckle hop, sea crawl and back-push, and board games, too, reflecting a cold environment while teaching skills necessary for survival. For children 8 years and older. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 10 am-noon
Winter Walk in the Great Cedar Swamp
Join Senior Researcher Jason Mancini on a winter trek into and around the Great Cedar Swamp at Mashantucket to explore various habitats, resources, and to visit archaeological sites. Boots and warm clothing recommended. Register: (800) 411-9671. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Saturday, Jan. 3, noon-1:30 pm
Keeping Warm in a New England Winter
How did Native peoples keep warm during the colder New England winters of the past? Museum Curator Steve Cook demonstrates fire-making skills and answers your questions about Pequot clothing and shelter in a 90-minute program on the Museum’s Farmstead. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 1:30 pm
Viking Voyages and Inuit Peoples
What do we know about the Vikings who sailed from Greenland to northeastern North America about 1000 years ago, and their encounters with Inuit peoples? Join archaeologist Michele Smith from the University of Rhode Island for an exciting, hour-long journey through sites in Greenland, the Baffin Islands, and Labrador. Free with Museum admission and free to Museum members.

Saturday, Jan. 17, noon-3 pm
Brain Tanning and Hide Working
Join Curator Steve Cook as he demonstrates how to prepare, soften (the brainy part), and smoke hides on the Museum’s farmstead grounds. Drop by with your questions; we will keep you warm with a fire and hot drinks while you try your hand at hide scraping. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 1-2 pm
Native Whalers in Words and Songs
Join Senior Researcher Jason Mancini for an enlightening talk on New England’s Native mariners who were skilled captains, harpooners, and cooks. Follow the mariners’ routes as they plied the waters of the world in search of their own “white whales.” Free with Museum admission and free to Museum members.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2 pm
Thunder Bird Sisters
The Thunder Bird Sisters, performing artists from the Shinnecock Reservation on Long Island, open with a sea ballad honoring 10 Shinnecock mariners who lost their lives on a whaler in December 1876, then share some history of Native whalemen from Long Island. Free with Museum admission and free to Museum members.