Milford Public Library is hosting a presentation led by Education Director, Darlene Kascak of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Participants will explore the pre and post-contact history from multiple perspectives. Much of what we learn about Connecticut’s past comes from a colonized perspective that has almost completely left out the voices of the Indigenous people who have called this land home for over 12,000 years. Using various visual and tactile recourses to guide the discussion, participants will learn the many ways that the Indigenous peoples of Connecticut adapted to their changing environment and the impact that European contact had on their lives.
Darlene Kascak’s experience as an educator, tour guide, museum assistant and Traditional Native American Storyteller has taught her the importance of educating both young and old about the many misconceptions and stereotypes about her ancestors. Her style of teaching from a Native American’s point of view allows children and adults the opportunity to have a new understanding of Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples lives both in the past and in the present.