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If you have ever wondered what Native Americans ate in Connecticut don't miss the event planned by the Institute of American Indian Studies www.iaismuseum.org in Washington Connecticut called A Taste of Native America. Native American cuisine covers a wide range of food groups and is centered upon using local and indigenous food ingredients. Native American cuisine in New England differs from Southwestern and Mexican cuisine and the focus of the menu of this dinner is on local cuisine. In New England, squash was one of the most popular foods eaten along with fish, rabbit, mushrooms and berries.

The Litchfield Hills Archeological Club has organized their first annual Native American dinner that will take place this weekend on Saturday, April 26 at the Institute for American Indian Studies located on 38 Curtis Rd. in Washington. The doors to the dinner will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

The menu is rich and varied and includes meats such as roast venison, bison meatloaf and rabbit with wild rice. There will also be steamed mussels, garlic mashed potatoes, acorn squash with black walnut maple butter, and pumpkin soup. For dessert there will be indian pudding! Dinner will also be accompanied by Native American teas, coffee and complimentary local wine.

To add to the ambience of the event, Native American flute music will be played. Call 860-868-0518 for reservations as seating is limited. The cost of dinner is $50 per person.

About the Litchfield Hills Archeological Club

Founded in 2007 by Dr. Lucianne Lavin, the LHAC is a hands on working group affiliated with the Archaeological Society of Connecticut www.connarchaeology.org and with the Institute of American Indian Studies. An exchange of ideas and lectures as well as an annual excavation are some of the clubs activities.

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