Native American Heritage Month: Weston History and Culture Center hosts ‘Life in the Eastern Woodlands’

Native American historian Drew Shuptar-Rayvis taught a crowd of all ages the pre-colonial history of local tribes, including how they hunted, dressed and worshipped.

Tom Krosnowski and Robyn Karashik

Nov 19, 2023, 11:28 PM

Updated 188 days ago

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The Weston History and Culture Center hosted an educational event on Sunday afternoon – “Life in the Eastern Woodlands” – showcasing local stories for Native American Heritage Month.
The event took an interactive look at eastern woodland Native American life through historical artifacts and stories.
Native American historian Drew Shuptar-Rayvis taught a crowd of all ages the pre-colonial history of local tribes, including how they hunted, dressed and worshipped.
“I think it's incredibly important that kids see native people and Native American culture within their state,” said Shuptar-Rayvis. “I'm happy that kids are learning and having this kind of very multi-textured experience.”
Shuptar-Rayvis is of Pocomoke descent and grew up in northwestern Connecticut. He presented authentic artifacts like knives, pelts and jewelry.
Shuptar-Rayvis calls the program “living history” and says he wants people to know that Native American communities remain active in Connecticut.
“Education is what it's about. If we're not here to educate, what are you doing?” said Shuptar-Rayvis.


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