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The First Peoples of Western Connecticut Virtual Lecture Series

The Norwalk Historical Society presents The First Peoples of Western Connecticut Virtual Lecture series Thursday evenings at 7:00PM throughout the fall. Join us as we honor and learn about the Indigenous Peoples of Norwalk and Western Connecticut with our distinguished presenters.

Virtual Lecture #1

“Eight Coats, Seven Shirts, Fifteen Fathom Wampum: Early Colonial Settlement and the First Deeds”
Speaker: Drew Shuptar-Rayvis
Date and Time: September 14, 2023 @ 7:00pm

*Drew Shuptar-Rayvis is an Algonkian Living Historian and true American of the mid-Atlantic region. He holds a cum laude Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from WCSU and a Certificate Degree in Archaeology from NCC.

Virtual Lecture #2

“History of the Siwanoy Nation”
Speaker: Robert “Ninham-Wampage” Kohler
Date and Time: October 12, 2023 @ 7:00pm

*Robert “Ninham-Wampage” Kohler, Tribal Secretary and ex-officio Tribal Genealogist of the Siwanoy Nation, a tribe indigenous to the coast of Long Island Sound including Norwalk. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and has been an avid genealogist.

Virtual Lecture #3

“Defragmenting the Deep and Recent Indigenous Legacy of Norwalk”
Speaker: Nohham R. Cachat-Schilling
Date and Time: October 26, 2023 @ 7:00pm

*Nohham R. Cachat-Schilling is Chair of Massachusetts Ethical Archaeology Society and Researcher for Oso:ah Foundation on Northeast Indigenous archaeology, ethnobotany, and land stewardship, Medicine Elder, Bridge in the Sky Medicine Circle and contributing author to Our Hidden Landscapes, Indigenous Stone Ceremonial Sites of Easter North America, Univ. of Arizona Press due out in October 2023.

Tickets available on Eventbrite”  Zoom link will be sent 24 hours in advance to ticket holders.

For more information on this event and the Norwalk Historical Society visit, e-mail, or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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