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Ongoing Events
REPRESENT: Contemporary Native American Art
12/13/2014 - 09/20/2015
New York State Museum, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY
This exhibit is a look at the newest additions to the State Museum’s Contemporary Native American Art Collection. The opening reception will take place on December 14 from 1-3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, no RSVP required.

Buckskin to Bikinis
04/02/2015 - 11/30/2015
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
Featured exhibition showcases constructions by Iroquois/Haudenosaunee artists and/or designers who employ fabric, leather, fur, plastic, and other materials to push the boundaries of style and fashion far beyond cultural tradition and stereotype to explore the capacity of apparel to embody personal and/or political identity and reflect on Native experience. We have assembled a broad and illustrative collection of Indigenous couture, street wear, wearable art, and accessories by both emerging and established designers. Themes identified as central to these constructions include: cultural change and the impacts of colonization, assertive reclamation of pan-Indian elements such as fringe, fur and feathers, Indigenous sovereignty, revitalization and reinterpretation of traditional stories and symbols. Appropriation and cultural property issues are also addressed.

Monthly Schedule
August 2015
Catch the Basket: Mary and Samantha Jacobs, Seneca beadworkers from Allegany
08/08/2015 - 08/08/2015
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
Catch the Basket is an artist demonstration series which brings together a rising generation of Iroquois artisans in an interpretive setting with their mentors, acknowledging the dedicated efforts of these individuals to sustain, expand & share deeply rooted cultural traditions. The project will explore & convey the techniques, practices, & relevance of a variety of traditional arts & challenges to their perpetuation.

September 2015
34th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival
09/05/2015 - 09/06/2015
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
The annual festival centers on the celebration of Iroquois creativity and self-expression by featuring an all Iroquois Indian Art Market open to Iroquois artists by special invitation only. Both traditional and contemporary arts 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. The Children’s Activity area will feature arts & crafts activities including beadwork and cornhusk doll making. Local wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will be available to discuss wildlife conservation in our bioregion and will present a variety of 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.

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