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6/28/2018 - Afternoon of Interactive Native American History for Adults and Children on July 20, 2018

On the afternoon of Friday, July 20th, Darlene Kascak from the Institute for Native American Studies in Washington, CT will be at the Southbury Public Library to bring Native American history to life through storytelling and an interactive, hands-on presentation. At 2pm, there will be half an hour of Native American Storytelling. At 3pm, there will be a presentation called Hands on History that enables attendees to learn about Native American history through handling replicated artifacts and more. These programs are a part of the Southbury Public Library’s Adult Summer Series “Revisiting Our History at the Southbury Public Library” and Children’s Summer Reading Program “Reading Through Time: Past, Present, Future.” Both Storytelling and Hands on History will be suited for adults and children ages 5 and up; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

At 2pm in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library, Darlene Kascak, an experienced Native American storyteller will be sharing half an hour of Native American tales. Suitable for children as well as adults, attendees are invited to enjoy the lesson and magic of these traditional stories. In Native cultures, oral storytelling teaches, guides, and entertains.

At 3pm in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library, Darlene will give a talk called Hands on History with a museum on wheels. Learn about Native American lifestyles, environmental history, and unique innovations in tools through handling animal furs, replicated artifacts, organic instruments, and more.

Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke) is the Education Coordinator at The Institute for American Indian Studies, a museum and research center located in Washington, CT. Her style of teaching from a Native American’s point of view allows children and adults the opportunity to have a new understanding of Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples lives both in the past and in the present. Darlene is a Traditional Native American Storyteller, a Schaghticoke Tribal Member and is active in The Schaghticoke Woman’s Traditional Council. In 2013 she started her own company Native Soles LLC that offers moccasin workshops and handmade moccasins in traditional styles.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. This intergenerational program is suitable for families with children and adults alike; all children under 12 must be accompanied while in the building. Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.