2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Due to COVID-19 - all events for 2020 have been cancelled. We look forward to an expanded Calendar of Events in 2021!
2020 Featured exhibition - May 1 - November 30, 2020
This thought-provoking exhibit will present individual and collaborative artistic responses from across Iroquois country that speak to who is considered Haudenosaunee and what constitutes membership. Identity/Identify explores how these definitions and designations determine access to tribal and federal resources, rights, residency options, and other components of cultural and community participation.
CANCELED-Richmondville Student Art Exhibit
May 30 - June 14
Iroquois Indian Museum presents an exhibition of selected works by 1st and 4th graders from Cobleskill-Richmondville School. Created under the instruction of art teacher Lori Mollitor, two and three-dimensional works inspired by the students’ study of Native cultures will be on exhibit in the Children’s Museum.
CANCELED - Saturday, April 18
Early Technology Day from 10 am – 4 pm
Visitors can watch and participate in the process of flintknapping (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.
POSTPONED -Saturday, May 2 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Opening Reception for “Identity/Identify”- guest speaker Drew Hayden Taylor
CANCELED- Sunday, June 7 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Reception for Cobleskill-Richmondville Student Art Exhibit
FACEBOOK LIVE! Wed, July 8, noon Stereotypes Talk with Mike Tarbell, Mohawk
CANCELED- Saturday, July 11
Echoes of Tradition: Social Dancers - Allegany River Dancers
FACEBOOK LIVE! Wed, July 15, noon: Anna Thompson
Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Anna Thompson – moccasins & beadwork.
Anna is a gifted artisan from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and admired for her workmanship and use of hand tanned leather. Her striking use of color and original designs embellish moccasins, dance garters, and mittens and has received acknowledgement and awards at Ganondagan Historic Site, the Abenaki & Mohawk Art Market at the Adirondack Experience, and other facilities.
FACEBOOK LIVE! Wed, July 22, noon: Jamie Jacobs
Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Jamie Jacobs - porcupine quillwork
.Jamie is an cultural educator and artist from the Seneca community of Tonawanda and admired for his attention to detail, historic knowledge, and command of the Seneca language. Jamie holds a position at the Rochester Museum & Science Center/Rock Foundation as a collections assistant. Porcupine quills used as decorative elements on Haudenosaunee objects such as clothing, moccasins, and quiver pouches predate the use of glass beads. Quills were flattened and stitched side by side to produce complex geometric and (less common) floral patterns.
FACEBOOK LIVE! Wed, July 29, noon: Three Sisters Talk with Brenda LaForme, Onondaga
CANCELED- Saturday, August 1
Echoes of Tradition: Social Dancers
CANCELED-Friday, August 7 from 5 pm to 9 pm
Roots, Rhythm, & Ale
Roots, Rhythm & Ale. Featuring The Rubber Band, a lively ensemble known for Cajun and Zydeco- flavored music with a jam-band twist. And, direct from Allegany Reservation, the blues harmonica, guitar and original music of Mike Jones & Kari Kennedy will open the show.
FACEBOOK LIVE! Wed, Aug. 5, noon: Marilynn Hill
Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Marilynn Hill - fingerweaving Marilyn is Tuscarora Bear Clan and self taught in the old style of loom-less weaving used to create sashes and garters popular in the 18th Century. Finger weaving can involve more than 100 strands of wool yarn and often features zigzag, chevron, and W patterns. By 1945 this dexterous skill was so rarely practiced among the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois to be nearly extinct. Today, this distinctive textile art remains equally exceptional. While most men today purchase commercially produced sashes, Marilyn has spearheaded a small revival in finger weaving among young and old in her home community. Saturday’s event will feature discussion and demonstration.
CANCELED-Sunday, Aug 9
Fingerweaving Class with Marilyn Hill. Registration required.
On Sunday Marilyn will offer a fingerweaving class for a limited number of participants. Materials will be included but preregistration IS necessary.
FACEBOOK LIVE! Wed, Aug. 12, noon: Thanksgiving Address talk with Mike Tarbell, Mohawk
FACEBOOK LIVE! Wed, Aug. 19, noon: Iroquois Women in Leadership talk with Brenda LaForme, Mohawk
FACEBOOK LIVE! Wed, Aug. 26, noon: Teio Elijah
Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Teio Elijah - traditional outfits
Teio is Akwesasne Mohawk and the owner of Shaking Reeds Designs which specializes in custom made Iroquois clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Her work includes painstakingly beaded collars and cuffs, beaded and appliquéd ribbon shirts and skirts, breech cloths and leggings. Teio’s designs have been represented in Indigenous fashion shows in Massena, NY and in the spring of 2020 in New York City.
CANCELED-Saturday, September 5 & Sunday, September 6 from 10 am to 5 pm
39th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival
Join us for a weekend packed with fun events the whole family can enjoy! This event features an Iroquois Art Market, Iroquois dancers, food vendors, storytelling, a children's craft station, and more! Learn more about this event.
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.