2022 Calendar of Events

2022 Featured exhibition - April 1 - November 27, 2022

Material Shift  - will showcase work by Haudenosaunee artists who employ toys, food containers, bike reflectors, CD discs, and other unconventional materials to create traditional cultural objects and concepts and those who, conversely, use traditional materials such as ash splint, cornhusk, and antler to create popular (not necessarily functional) everyday items such as watches, daypacks, toothbrushes, and cell phones. Works by emerging and established Haudenosaunee artists as well as artist collaborations are welcome and submissions can range from playful to provocative.


OPENING DAY! Friday, April 1 at 1pm - Join Bill Combs Jr. at the Iroquois Museum for a Schoharie County Eagle Trail Q&A! To celebrate the Museum’s opening day, Trail Ambassador Bill will be leading a Q&A offering a unique look into his knowledge and experience on the trail and with the Eagles. Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn more about this beautiful and equally fascinating bird recognized by the Iroquois Nation as the Protector of Peace! If you have any questions about this upcoming event, please email Bill at sceagletrail@gmail.com. For updates, photos, and live videos from the trail, follow the Schoharie County Eagle Trail on social media at SCEagleTrail. 

Saturday, May 21 from 1 to 4 - Opening Reception for Material Shift 

Guest speaker, Margaret Jacobs

Special Thanks to Guest Curator Margaret Jacobs (Akwesasne Mohawk) & Artists: Coleen Bins, Ric Glazer Danay, Jay Havens, Karen Ann Hoffman, Margaret Jacobs, Peter Jones, Linley Logan, Penny Minner, Richard Nephew, Shelley Niro, Roger Perkins, MC Snow, & Gail Tremblay 
This event is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [IGSM-249916-OMS-21]

June 1 – June 13:  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 5 at 2 pm.

Saturday, July 2 – Echoes of Tradition: Social DancersHAUDENOSAUNEE SINGERS AND DANCERS

The Haudenosaunee Singers & 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 & Sunday, July 9 & 10 - Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Kelly & Tyson Back/Fire Loom Creations – Mohawk from Akwesasne. Demonstration is ongoing throughout the day.


Saturday, July 16 – Echoes of Tradition: Social Dancers - NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN TRAVELLING COLLEGE

The Native North American Travelling College (NNATC) Travel Troupe hails from the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne.  Founded nearly 50 years ago by Ernest Benedict and Mike Mitchell, the NNATC has developed into one of the finest cultural education experiences to come out of Iroquois/Haudenosaunee Country. The Travel Troupe’s mission is to expand awareness of Native American culture using traditional singing, social dancing and storytelling. Performance times are approximately 11 and 2 and are subject to change.


Saturday, July 23 – Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Annita Ferguson/beadwork regalia – Tuscarora. Demonstration is ongoing throughout the day.


Saturday, July 30 - Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Maxine Malone - outfits & beadwork -

Onondaga/Onondaga. Demonstration is ongoing throughout the day

Friday, August 5 from 4 to 9 -  Roots, Rhythm & Ale. 

Featuring The Rubber Band, a lively ensemble known for Cajun and Zydeco- flavored music with a jam-band twist. 


Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7 - Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Sam Jacobs - moccasins - Seneca/Cattaraugus. Demonstration is ongoing throughout the day

August 12, 13, & 14: Wampum Tales: participatory outdoor community sculpture project with Mohawk artist Jay Havens

Saturday, August 13 – Echoes of Tradition: Social Dancers ONOTA’A:KA (ONEIDA NATION DANCERS) from the Haudenosaunee community of Oneida in central New York is led by Wes Halsey. Onota’a:ka uses dance as a way to raise awareness of the diversity and uniqueness of Native traditions. Performances include a repertoire that encourages participation. By offering the audience an opportunity to take part Onota’a:ka seeks to create a foundation for understanding that endures beyond the afternoon’s presentation. Performance times are approximately 11 and 2 and are subject to change.

August 18, 19, & 20: Wampum Tales: participatory outdoor community sculpture project with Mohawk artist Jay Havens

Saturday, August 20 – Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Mike Crouse - rattles - Seneca/Allegany. Demonstration is ongoing throughout the day

August 26, 27, & 28: Wampum Tales: participatory outdoor community sculpture project with Mohawk artist Jay Havens

September 3 & 4 - 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.  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 15 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 National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature,  and friends and members of the Iroquois Museum. For more information contact: info@iroquoismuseum.org