WHAT: This March, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center celebrates Women’s History Month. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about remarkable women whose incredible hardships and accomplishments paved the way for future generations. Free with Museum admission and free to Museum members.
WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Dr. Gladys Tantaquidgeon & Plant Medicines: To mark Women’s History Month, Claudia Ford discusses information collected by well-known anthropologist and ethnographer Dr. Tantaquidgeon (Mohegan) about the use of plant medicines for women’s health concerns in the 18th and 19th centuries, comparing it with information collected by other important Native historians, ethnographers, and scholars. Ms. Ford is a midwife and a doctoral degree student in environmental studies, currently conducting research in the Museum’s Library and Archives. Anyone interested in women’s history, traditional knowledge, herbal healing, or ecological and environmental studies are welcome to attend what promises to be a fascinating presentation. Limited to 25, ages 16 and older. Located in the Research Library. Call (860) 396-6897 by March 8, to register. Free.
Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m.
A Talk with Natasha Smoke Santiago, Artist: In honor of Native women, Natasha Smoke Santiago (Haudenosaunee) talks about her two pieces in the Museum’s collection of contemporary art, her painting, Flower Spirit (2007), depicts the back and partial profile of a woman with bead and rosettes and Pottery Belly, one of her early belly castings. She speaks of their cultural significance for her as a Native woman and welcomes questions from the audience. Located in the Research Library. Free with Museum admission and free to Museum members.
Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Women Leaders in Native New England: Providing Strength for the People: Guests celebrate Women’s History Month by joining an informal discussion with seven Native New England women leaders: Pam Ellis, Esq. (Nipmuc); Tribal Council Secretary Marjorie Colebut-Jackson (Mashantucket Pequot); Chief Lynn Malerba (Mohegan); Assistant Tribal Secretary Phyllis Cotto-Santiago (Narragansett); Dr. Patricia Sebastian (Eastern Pequot); Former Tribal Councilor and State Trooper Ruth Torres (Schaghticoke); and Tribal Councilor Crystal Whipple (Mashantucket Pequot). These women have all played a pivotal leadership role in their communities and within Native New England. They will share their stories, wisdom, and thoughts within an open forum. A gathering like this also requires certain indulgences, as guests will enjoy wine, cheese, and chocolate following the discussion. In the Auditorium Lobby. $45/$35 Museum members. Call (800) 411-9671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 16 to register. Educators can earn .3 CEUs.
WHERE: Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center - 110 Pequot Trail Mashantucket, Conn. 06338
HOW: For more information or to register for any of the above events, call (800) 411-9671 or visit www.pequotmuseum.org