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Ongoing Events
American Indian Art Collection at The Fenimore Art Museum
10/20/2014
5798 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326
The Fenimore Art Museum has a spectacular new American Indian Wing. The collection numbers almost 850 objects. The collection is representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures including: Northwest Coast, Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Arctic, California, and Great Basin regions.
American Indian Art Collection Description

Events at The Ndakinna Education Center
10/20/2014
23 Middle Grove Road Greenfield Center, New York 12833
Ndakinna offers people of all ages unique hands-on learning experiences, principles of indigenous arts of life, team building, character development, and exhibit spaces focusing on regional Native American understandings, Adirondack culture, wilderness skills and awareness of the natural world.
Ndakinna Calendar

Events Calendar at Iroquois Museum
10/20/2014
324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092
Located just over an hour from Saratoga, this museum offers a wealth of exhibitions and events.
Iroquois Museum Calendar

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
April 2015
Benefit for The Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke
04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
Do you enjoy hearing Adirondack and Native American music? Do you revel in hearing great stories? Do you have the desire to help the Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke continue in it's work of cultural, spiritual and linguistic revitalization? If so, you are invited to attend this fund-raising event at Caffe Lena from 2:00-5:00. Come hear Mohawk elder Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, the Award Winning Akwesasne Women Singers, The Voice of the Adirondacks Roy Hurd, the renowned father and son author/storyteller/musical team of Joe and Jesse Bruchac and Mohawk storyteller Kay Ionataie:was Olan.

Early Technology Day
04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
Visitors can watch and participate in the process of flint knapping (the ancient art of making chipped stone tools), Primitive fire 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. Have you ever found an artifact? Please bring it with you and the Museum’s experts will try to identify it for you.

Meet the Candidates
04/21/2015 - 04/21/2015
H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library
Voting for the 2015-16 book opens on April 1! Come and "meet" the candidates! The evening will include a brief introduction to each of the finalists, and will also include some insider info on books to look out for from SSPL Director, Ike Pulver. There will be refreshments, giveaways and door prizes. Event starts at 7 p.m.

Special Earth Day Event: Mohawk Spiritual Leader Tom Porter and Environmental Studies Professor Lou
04/22/2015 - 04/22/2015
UAlbany Uptown campus, Lecture Center (LC) 18, Academic Podium
The event starts at 7:15 p.m. Tom Porter (Sakokwenionkwas), spiritual leader of the Mohawk Bear Clan, and Director of the traditional Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke, will share his experiences advocating for Native peoples. Mr. Porter is the recipient of numerous awards for his dedication to educating Native and non-Native people about the history, culture and spirituality of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). He is the author of And Grandma Said…. Iroquois Teachings-- as passed down through the oral tradition (2008). He will be joined in conversation by Professor Lou Ismay, a pioneer of Environmental Studies at UAlbany beginning in 1969. Parking is available for free in the State Quad Student Lot. For more information, visit SUNY Albany.

Schuylerville Public Library Book Discussion
04/28/2015 - 04/28/2015
52 Ferry Street, Schuylerville, NY
Join the Schuylerville Library Book Club for a discussion of this year's winning book. The discussion begins at 7 p.m.

May 2015
Celebration of Year 11 Winning Book and Its Junior Companion Titles
05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
Join us for a day-long celebration of this year’s Saratoga Reads’ winning book, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, and its junior companion books. The day will feature music, a craft activity, a Native American re-enactor and a special visit from Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of three of the junior companion titles. We hope you can join us for this community reading celebration!

11:00a.m.-11:30a.m. Craft for Preschool Children
11:30a.m. -12:30 p.m.: Indian Bead Necklace Craft for Grades 3 and up (limit to 30 participants)
12:00-3:00 p.m.: Living Museum with Mike Dickinson - Dressed in character, he will interact with patrons and display and explain artifacts
1:30p.m. – 2:30 p.m,: Author Visit with Cynthia Leitich Smith
3:00p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Storytelling with Joseph Bruchac, Ndakinna Education Center

About the Author: Join us as we experience books coming to life with author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Her books Jingle Dancer, Indian Shoes and Rain Is Not My Indian Name have been selected as junior companion books to this year’s winning Saratoga Reads adult title. Smith will share highlights of her writing journey and the stories behind her stories. She'll also perform a reading of Jingle Dancer and offer a readers theater for Indian Shoes. This event is appropriate for all ages.

Archaeology and the Native American Past
05/06/2015 - 05/06/2015
Empire State College, 113 West Avenue, Room 137
*Open to Academy for Lifelong Learning members
9 - 11 a.m.
Matthew Kroot, Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology at Skidmore College will offer a presentation entitled Archaeology and the Native American Past . For more information on how to become an A.L.L. member, visit Academy for Lifelong Learning

Nature Park Bird Walk and Live Raptor Program
05/23/2015 - 05/23/2015
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
Nature Park Bird Walk and Live Raptor Program with the Audubon Society of the Capital Region.

July 2015
Haudenosaunee Dance Day
07/11/2015 - 07/11/2015
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
Founded in 1979, the ALLEGANY RIVER DANCERS have become one of the best-known Native dance groups in the United State and Canada today. All members of the Seneca Nation from the Allegany Indian Reservation, 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 performance often features 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.

Catch the Basket: Preston Jacobs and his daughter Kaherawaks, Mohawk from Kahnawake demonstrate crad
07/25/2015 - 07/25/2015
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.

August 2015
Haudenosaunee Dance Day
08/01/2015 - 08/01/2015
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
HAUDENOSAUNEE DANCERS from Onondaga 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.

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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