WASHINGTON, CT – The Institute for American Indian Studies will be hosting its “Annual Storytelling Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 1 – 3 PM. The event is for all ages.
It has been said that one can better understand a culture through its literature whether it is written or unwritten. Storytelling was and still is an integral part of the Native American tradition dating back to earliest memory. Native cultures are based on the oral tradition. It is what breathes life into the culture.
The season for telling stories begins with the first frost. It is a time of great excitement as the Hage ota (Storyteller) travels from village to village, from home to home. Everyone gathers around to share in this wonderful time, to hear what it was like when the world was new.
Stories were an important method of teaching the young; of passing down culture from one generation to the next. They hold many lessons and teach us the values of our cultures and show us how to live in our worlds. They often describe unacceptable behavior and express, enhance and enforce the morals and norms of tribal society.
Enjoy the time honored tradition of Native American Stories that teach, intrigue and entertain people of all ages. This year the IAIS is honored and excited to feature former IAIS Director of Education and Schaghticoke Elder Trudie Lamb Richmond, her sister Peggy LaConte and Trudies’s daughter and current IAIS Board member, Erin Lamb Meeches. Mother, daughter and aunt, “The Three Schaghticoke Sisters”, tell the timeless stories of their Algonkian ancestors.
Limited seating, please call for reservations. Tickets at the door (if available): $10 Adults; $6 Kids. For more information call 860-868-0518 or visit http://www.birdstone.org.