WASHINGTON — The Institute for American Indian Studies will host its annual Founder’s Day clambake from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 12, at the River Walk Pavilion, 11A School St. This annual event, held every September, honors the founders of the museum and celebrates Connecticut’s Indigenous people, and the bounty harvested from Connecticut’s waterways. The dinner will include lobster, clams, corn, potatoes and there will be a performance by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers.
The group was formed in 1963 and is considered the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. The Thunderbirds are dedicated to keeping the traditions, songs and dances of Native Americans alive. Guests will tune into stories, dances, colorful costumes, traditional music and chanting that celebrates the diversity of Native American culture from the northeast, southwest and the Great Plains regions. The Thunderbirds have toured across the United States, Japan, Canada and Israel to teach about American Indian people through their performances.
Staff members at the event will conduct a temperature and symptom check upon guest arrival. Each table will be for family or friends only and all guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the State Executive order. There will be plenty of hand sanitizing stations and restrooms and other high touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
The cost of the clambake is $40 for members of the Institute and $50 for nonmembers. The Institute is also offering curbside pick-up. All reservations must be made in advance. A special menu for children is also offered for $10. The proceeds for this year’s annual clambake will go to the education department in order to support the schools’ indigenous curriculum through the Institute’s newly developed remote learning programs.
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