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, 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: Onyota’a:ka Dancers from Oneida

Haudenosaunee dance group Onyota’a:ka Dancers from Oneida will offer presentations at the Museum throughout the day. Onota’a:ka was founded by Elder and Wolf Clan Mother Maisie Shenandoah for the purpose of cultural education, which has been carried on by Maisie’s daughter Vicki. Onota’a:ka includes individuals from the Mohawk and Lenape nations as well as Oneida. This blended tribal composition is somewhat unusual, but demonstrates one of the mission of the group to raise awareness of the diversity of Native traditions.

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

WORKSHOP FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED - Sunday, July 25 – Fingerweaving Class with Marilyn Hill

Marilyn Hill is Tuscarora Bear Clan and self-taught in the old-style loomless weaving technique popular in the 18th Century for sashes and garters. While most men today purchase commercially produced sashes, Marilyn has spearheaded a small revival. She will lead a workshop for a small group from 10 am to 4 pm. Registration and attendance fee is required.

Regular tickets are $40. 

Member tickets are $35 and can be reserved by emailing iroquoismuseumlemmon@gmail.com 

Friday, August 6 from 5 to 9 pm -  Roots, Rhythm, & Ale

Join us for Roots, Rhythm, & Ale, a community event and Museum fundraiser with live music, local artisans, and food and beverages from local vendors at the Iroquois Museum in Howes Cave, NY, on Friday, August 6. The evening’s performers are popular local group The Rubber Band and Iroquois singer-songwriter Mike Jones. Admission includes a commemorative cup and one free beer for $20.*Admission-only tickets are $10. All profits benefit education programs at the Iroquois Museum. Event sponsorships are available! Email us at info@iroquoismuseum.org

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.

CANCELED - 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. 

CANCELED - 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 2 & Sunday, October 3 – 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.

Saturday, October 9 from 1 to 4 –Reception for Identity/Identify.  Featuring the artistic responses of 15 Haudenosaunee artists around the subject of mixed-race identity and blood quantum. Guest speakers include artists Karen Ann Hoffman, Mike Jones, and Andrea Chrisjohn.  Writer/playwright Drew Hayden Taylor will join us virtually from his home in Curve Lake Reservation. Taylor’s 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. His credits include over 70 plays, 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, 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: info@iroquoismuseum.org