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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.

Monthly Schedule
February 2015
Junior Discussion for Grades 4-6 Part I
02/05/2015 - 02/05/2015
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
Students in grades 4-6 are invited to join Saratoga Reads for a two-part discussion series focusing on The Heart of a Chief by local author and educator Joseph Bruchac. In this story an 11-year-old Penacook Indian boy living on a reservation faces his father's absence, a controversy surrounding plans for a casino on a tribal island, and insensitivity toward Native Americans in his school and nearby town. As he confronts these issues, he finds himself taking his first steps toward leadership.

Part I of the series will take place on February 5, 6:30-8 PM and will feature an evening of small discussion groups led by Skidmore College and Saratoga Springs High School students. Part II of the series will be held on February 12, 6:30-8 PM and will be highlighted by a Meet the Author night with Joseph Bruchac. Both sessions will be held in the Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Registration is required. Students are asked to attend both sessions. Students may register by emailing their name, grade, and school to kids@saratogareads.org. Each student will be given a copy of the book after registration.

Book-inspired LEGO Contest
02/07/2015
Division Street Elementary School, 220 Division St, Saratoga
Children and adults are invited to create original Lego models inspired by a favorite book and to enter them in the Lego Contest at our LegoFest this year. Contestants must enter by Jan 31 by submitting entry form and $10 fee. See Calendar for more details on LegoFest!

LegoFest
02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
Division Street Elementary School, 220 Division St, Saratoga
Free Admission. 10 AM-Noon. View entries in our 3rd Annual Lego Contest and vote for People's Choice "Best of Show." Purchase raffle tickets for a Mindstorm Robot. Participate in Lego Games and Activities (50 cent tickets). See Lego and robotics demos. Enjoy refreshments. A fun family outing!
Download contest rules and entry form

Saratoga Film Forum Town-Gown Event
Smoke Signals
02/11/2015 - 02/11/2015
Saratoga Film Forum, 320 Broadway
This event starts at 7:30 p.m. Eric Morser, assistant professor of history at Skidmore College, will lead a discussion following the film.

Smoke Signals, a 1998 independent film, tells the story of the complex relationship between two teenage Native Americans, Victor and Thomas, who reside on the Coeur D’Alene Indian Reservation in Idaho. Following the death of Victor’s father, who had abandoned his family, the two young men leave on a coming-of-age bus trip to Phoenix to the retrieve the ashes. The screenplay, written by Sherman Alexie, an award-winning Native American novelist and poet, is based on Alexie’s short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

Morser teaches courses on early America, the American West, American Indians, environmental history, and radicalism in American life. He is the author of Hinterland Dreams: The Political Economy of a Midwestern City, as well as articles in the Wisconsin Magazine of History, the Journal of Urban History, and Enterprise & Society.

Junior Discussion for Grades 4-6 Part II
02/12/2015 - 02/12/2015
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
Students in grades 4-6 are invited to join Saratoga Reads for a two-part discussion series focusing on The Heart of a Chief by local author and educator Joseph Bruchac. In this story an 11-year-old Penacook Indian boy living on a reservation faces his father's absence, a controversy surrounding plans for a casino on a tribal island, and insensitivity toward Native Americans in his school and nearby town. As he confronts these issues, he finds himself taking his first steps toward leadership.

Part I of the series will take place on February 5, 6:30-8 PM and will feature an evening of small discussion groups led by Skidmore College and Saratoga Springs High School students. Part II of the series will be held on February 12, 6:30-8 PM and will be highlighted by a Meet the Author night with Joseph Bruchac. Both sessions will be held in the Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Registration is required and students are asked to attend both sessions. Students may register by emailing their name, grade, and school to kids@saratogareads.org. Each student will be given a copy of the book after they register.

Performance: Solomon Northup Twelve Years A Slave
02/12/2015 - 02/12/2015
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany
Local artist and performer Clifford Oliver Mealy will performance at this special event, which is free and open to the public. The event will run from 6-7 p.m.

The Underground Railroad, Revisited
02/15/2015 - 02/15/2015
Freight Depot Theater, Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main Street, Cambridge
Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, independent researchers and Scholars in Residence at Russell Sage College, bring their seminal research on the Underground Railroad movement to Hubbard Hall on February 15.

The Underground Railroad, often remembered as being characterized by tunnels, dark of night escapes, coded language and hidey-holes, was far more extensive and complex than these ideas have led us to believe.

Event begins at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public but donations in support of the Curiosity Forum gratefully accepted. In the midst of significant pro-slavery sentiment, New York State was home to many abolitionists working to abolish the institution of slavery in our state and nation and it was visited by many who had escaped enslavement and sought a life of freedom.

Winter Break Art Program for Kids
02/18/2015 - 02/18/2015
Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery, Skidmore College
We will talk about the junior selection Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith, then do an art project related to the story. We hope you will read the book before you come! The program will run from 10-11:30 a.m. After the art activity, you are invited to have lunch in Skidmore's Dining Hall. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To make reservations, call the Tang Museum at 518-580-8080. To RSVP for lunch in the Dining Hall, please call Saratoga Reads at 518 580-8008. Cost is $9.63 for adults and $7.49 for children (ages 6-12). (Payment can be made at the door.) This program is suitable for children age 6 and up, and is free and open to the public.

Staff Picks Night: What to read after
02/19/2015 - 02/19/2015
Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
This year’s Saratoga Reads book of choice is National Book Award winner The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Now that you’ve read the book (or are about to read it), join us for a presentation of great companion books. Three knowledgeable Northshire booksellers will share their suggestions of riveting reads that share theme, subject matter or style. 30% of all proceeds from the sale of the suggested books will go to support Saratoga Reads.

This event will begin at 6 p.m.

March 2015
The Friends of the Library presents a Saratoga Reads-inspired event with special guest Kay Olan
03/22/2015 - 03/22/2015
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
This event begins at 2 p.m. Kay Olan, a member of the Mohawk Nation, storyteller, & retired teacher, spent summers growing up on a Mohawk reservation near the NY/Canadian border. Locally, she is on the Ndakinna Board of Directors which among other things organizes the Saratoga Native American Festival. Kay has done programs in libraries, schools, museums and for the Peace Alliance in our area. To complement Saratoga Reads’ book The Round House, Kay will show a 30 min. documentary called Guswenta followed by a talk on themes mentioned in the documentary including a 401 year old treaty made between the Dutch and the Iroquois, the 28-day long paddling journey in 2013, a sample replica of a Two Row Wampum belt representing the Treaty, our responsibility to our environment.

Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum, by Gwendolen Cates This 33-minute film features stunning footage of the 28 day paddling journey from the Onondaga Nation to the United Nations in New York City during the summer of 2013. It inspires people, indigenous and non-native, to consider our collective responsibility 400 years after the Two Row Wampum Treaty was created. “We have a responsibility to heal our relationships with one another and with the Earth."

Ballston Spa Public Library Book Discussion
03/25/2015 - 03/25/2015
Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY
Join the Adult Book Discussion Group for a discussion of this year's winning book! Book discussion is held at 3 p.m.

Fur Trappers and Bounty Hunters
03/28/2015 - 03/28/2015
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
Who shares these woods and waters with us? Using pelts, bones or tracks, participants identify a variety of Adirondack mammals and develop an understanding of how humans and animals interact. Presenters examine hunting traditions and conservation laws through documents and first person accounts. Participants may even try on a real bear skin coat. This program begins at 11 a.m.

April 2015
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.

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.: Corn Husk Doll Making with the Iroquois Museum 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.: Entertainment

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

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