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Iroquois Indian Museum Early Technology Day

, New York City | Arts & Culture , Festivals & Annual Events , History

Join us on April 13, 2019 for Early Technology Day at the Iroquois Indian Museum where visitors can watch and participate in the process of flint knapping (the ancient art of making chipped stone tools), fire making, cordage making, atlatl spear throwing and early archery.  There will be displays of projectile points, tools, and local archaeological finds from the Museum’s archaeology department.  Think you've found an artifact? Please bring it with you and the Museum’s experts will be glad to try to identify it for you.

Featured Exhibition at the Museum from  April 4 – November 30, 2019:  “Treasured Traditions: A Statement of Place” introduces five Iroquois communities and showcases five actively practiced visual art forms that define, express, and reinforce their distinct community and cultural identities.  Includes Iroquois pottery, beadwork, stone carving, quilting, and ash splint basketry.

Saturday, May 4 from 1 to 4 - Opening reception for “Treasured Traditions: A Statement of Place,” Guest speaker, Oneida potter Jennifer Stevens from Oneida Territory, Wisconsin.

May 31 – June 14  - Cobleskill-Richmondville Student Art Exhibit.  Selected works by 1st and 4th graders created under the instruction of art teacher Lori Mollitor will be on exhibit in the Children’s Museum.  Features 2 and 3-dimensional works inspired by the student’s study of Native cultures.  Opening reception for families and fans on Sunday June 2 at 2 pm.

Saturday, July 6 - Echoes of Tradition: The Language of Dance: Social dancers.

Niagara River Dancers from Tuscarora

Saturday, July 13 - Echoes of Tradition: The Language of Dance: Artist demonstration   Tuscarora-based artist Mary Clause demonstrates elaborately ornate beadwork collars, cuffs and other items.

Saturday, July 20 - Echoes of Tradition: The Language of Dance: Artist demonstration.  Kahnawake-based artist Tahatie Montour demonstrates the art of making gustowehs (men’s traditional headdresses)

Sunday,  July 28 Artist talk by Mohawk artist Sheree Bonaparte on the relationship between quiltmaking and community at Akwesasne Reservation

Saturday, August 10 - Echoes of Tradition: The Language of Dance: Artist demonstration. Seneca artist Adrian John demonstrates the construction of Iroquois water drums and cow horn rattles.

Sunday, August 11 - Stone carving workshop with artist Adrian John.  A member of the Native Roots Artist Guild, Adrian is knowledgeable about Seneca language, art, and history.  His wood and stone sculptures are deeply inspired by his culture.  If you’ve never carved this workshop will get you started in a safe and supportive environment.  If you have experience and are looking to hone existing skills, this workshop can accommodate you as well.  Participants will be working with soapstone or alabaster.  All materials will be provided but feel free to bring tools, stone, works in progress, etc.  Open to ages 13 to adult.  Cost $60 includes materials.

Saturday, August 17 - Echoes of Tradition: The Language of Dance: Artist demonstration Cayuga artist Dan Hill demonstrates the process of creating traditionally-inspired silver brooches.

August 31 & September 1 - 38th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival

This event centers on the celebration of Iroquois creativity and self-expression by featuring an all Iroquois Art Market open to Iroquois artists by special invitation only.  Both traditional and contemporary arts and fine crafts are showcased. The Sky Dancers from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario will perform traditional Iroquois social dances, and may invite the public out onto the dance floor to participate, as well.  Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground will return with dramatic tales of daring feats and astounding adventures.  Family activity area will feature participatory crafts.  Traditional corn soup making demonstration with Kevin LaForme from Six Nations.  Local wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will discuss wildlife conservation in our region and present a variety of native wild animals including birds of prey.  The Museum’s archeology department will be available to help identify archeological finds and give demonstrations of flintknapping and other early technologies.

October 1 – November 30 - Women of Influence: Each Block a Story.  Exhibit features an Honoring quilt from Seneca Nation territory produced through the contributions and collaboration of 47 Native women from 7 territories.  Includes touchscreen with audio stories about the women who are honored in each of the quilt blocks.

Saturday, October 12 - Opening reception for Women of Influence quilt exhibit.  Meet some of the artists who contributed to the Honoring quilt and learn about the inspiration and aspirations for this project.

Saturday, October 19 - Make & Take Quilt Block Workshop for multiple generations.  Construct your own honoring quilt blocks. Connect them together to create a mini-wall hanging.

These events are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Humanities New York, and friends and members of the Iroquois Indian Museum.

For more information contact: [email protected]


Event Details

    April 13, 2019 - April 13, 2019
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM