2021 Calendar of Events
2021 Featured exhibition - April 1 - November 29, 2021 Identity/Identify
This thought-provoking exhibit will present 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.
Saturday, June 5 from 1 to 4 – Opening Reception for Identity/Identify- with guest speaker Drew Hayden Taylor. Taylor is a writer, journalist, and playwright whose works speak to his experience as a mixed race individual and the role of humor in negotiating difficult issues such as tribal membership, colonization, and adoption. Drew’s credits include over 70 plays, numerous nonfiction books (including Confessions of a Blue-Eyed Ojibwa and Funny You Don't Look Like One), and a performance at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
Saturday, July 3 – Echoes of Tradition: Social Dancers – Haudenosaunee Dancers from Onondaga
The Haudenosaunee Dancers perform Iroquois social dances as practiced in their small traditional community near Syracuse. Elegant and knowledgeable, leader Sherri Waterman-Hopper has traveled internationally as an artist and cultural speaker. The Dancers feature a core group of seasoned singer/musicians and talented and dedicated young adults. Pride in the culture and adherence to the traditions are the hallmarks of this disciplined troupe. Hopper is also a respected designer and seamstress who incorporates her knowledge of the construction and significance of traditional outfits into her presentations.
Saturday, July 10 – Echoes of Tradition: Social Dancers TBA
Saturday, July 17 – Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Teio Elijah - traditional Haudenosaunee 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 other locales. Supported by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts
Saturday, July 24 – Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Marilynn Hill – the art of fingerweaving
Marilyn is Tuscarora Bear Clan and self-taught in the old style loom-less weaving technique popular in the 18th Century for sashes and garters. 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. While most men today purchase commercially produced sashes, Marilyn has spearheaded a small revival in this distinct tradition among young and old in her home community. Saturday’s event will feature discussion and demonstration. Supported by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts
Sunday, July 25 – Fingerweaving Class with Marilyn Hill. Registration & workshop fee required.
This instructional class has a limited number of participants. Materials will be included but preregistration IS necessary.
Saturday, July 31 & Sunday, August 1– Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Jamie Jacobs - porcupine quillwork
Jamie is a 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. Supported by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts
TBA - 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 & vocal partner Kari Kennedy will open the show. (we need to confirm this date with Mike & Kari but since they aren’t the feature group, I don’t think it matters right now)
Saturday, August 7 - Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Anna Thompson – moccasin making & 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, earning her acknowledgement and awards at Ganondagan State Historic Site, the Abenaki & Mohawk Art Market at the Adirondack Experience, and other facilities. Supported by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts
Saturday, August 14 – Echoes of Tradition: Social Dancers – Allegany River Dancers
Founded in 1979, the Allegany River Dancers have become one of the best-known Native dance groups in the United State and Canada today. The group has traveled throughout North America sharing traditional Iroquois social dances. The group is also well known for their repertoire of Intertribal "Pow wow" style dances. Their performances often feature the hoop dance done by Bill Crouse. This dance involves 30 hoops used to make various formations or designs representing things from nature. Through group performances (which often include audience participation) and lecture presentations this group has taught large audiences about Seneca history and culture.
Saturday, August 21 – Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Randy Greene - drums and rattles
Randy is Tuscarora Nation Turtle Clan and leads a social dance troupe. He will demonstrate the traditional arts of waterdrum, cow horn rattle, and feather fan construction.
September 4 & 5 - 39th Annual Iroquois Arts 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 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 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 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.
Saturday, October 16 from 10 to 4 - Early Technology Day
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.
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, Poets & Writers, and friends and members of the Iroquois Indian Museum. For more information contact: email@example.com