Honoring Native Cultures
National Indigenous Peoples Day is October 10th. It’s a great time to honor the culture, heritage and food of American Indians. Look for ways to thoughtfully nourish your family with seasonal produce and hearty dishes.
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In the Community
At Big Y, community is who we are. Your neighborhood is ours too. In honor of our area’s native heritage, we want to share some of the places where you can visit and honor our local indigenous cultures. Check out these educational spots and discover the unique opportunities you have to connect with the world around you.
Massachusetts Archaeological Society Museum
Ready to dig into the past? The Massachusetts Archaeological Society welcomes you to the Robbins Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Here you can check out artifacts dating back 12,000 years. Their collection holds rare books, photographs and excavation records.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Museum
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Museum is dedicated to retelling the histories of the Wampanoag people. Find ancient artifacts and Native American heirlooms to help you learn about this native culture. The centerpiece? A large diorama depicting an early settlement.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
There is a lot of history packed into 85,000 square feet at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. Immersive exhibits allow you to experience the sights and sounds of the ice age and a walk around a Pequot Village. Here you can learn about the impact of the arrival of Europeans on native culture and what reservation life looks like today.
The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center
Tucked on 15 wooded acres in rural Connecticut is The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center. In addition to a replicated Algonkian village, they also offer visitors the opportunity to take part in a Wigwam escape room challenge. The IAIS prides itself on showcasing modern Native American Cultural Endurance.