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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

Monthly Schedule
September 2014
Solo exhibit of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
09/02/2014 - 11/30/2014
Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY
Works by one of the most acclaimed Native American artists working today, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, are now on view at the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott Memorial. The solo exhibition features oil paintings and prints, including monotypes, intaglio and lithography. A self-described cultural arts worker, Smith is internationally known for her art and as a curator, lecturer and professor.

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Saratoga Native American Festival
09/20/2014 - 09/21/2014
Victoria Pool Mall, Saratoga Spa State Park
Come and learn more about the year 11 book while enjoying all that the Saratoga Native American Festival has to offer! For more information on the festival, visit Saratoga Native American Festival

Gregory Maguire Reading and Book Signing
09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014
Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Gregory Maguire will read from his book, Egg and Spoon at 6 p.m. Gregory Maguire's Wicked was the Saratoga Reads pick for 2005-2006. In addition, he is the author of several books for children, including What-the-Dickens, a New York Times bestseller. Event is free and open to the public.

October 2014
“Native America Ledger Art as Expressions of Cultural Identity and Memory”
10/14/2014 - 10/16/2014
Gannett Auditorium, Skidmore College
You are invited to attend “Native America Ledger Art as Expressions of Cultural Identity and Memory” with Lisa Aronson, Professor of Art History, Skidmore College. In the spirit of this year’s Saratoga Read’s selection, The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, this talk explores Native American artistic response to forced incarceration and/or confinement to reservations in the late nineteenth century. The lecture focuses on a selection of Plains Indian ledger book drawings, viewing them as expressions of cultural identity and one’s memories of the past during this tumultuous period in Native American history. The lecture is offered on October 14 and 16 and is open to Saratoga Reads guests at no fee on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture will be given in Gannett Auditorium at Skidmore College from 2:05-2:50 PM.

You must sign-up here to reserve a space. *If you have difficulty signing up, please call us at 580-8008 and we will manually add you to the list if there is space. Hope you will join us!

Senior Center Book Club Discussion
10/28/2014 - 10/28/2014
Senior Center of Saratoga, 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs
Join the Senior Center Book Club for a discussion of this year's winning book! Book discussion runs from 3-4 p.m.

CANCELED: Road Trip to the Fenimore Museum with Saratoga Reads and Saratoga Arts (Cooperstown, NY)
10/29/2014 - 10/29/2014
Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Luncheon and guided curator’s tour of special exhibit “Untamed Spirits and Wild Companions: Animals in American Indian Art.” Native American artists celebrate animals as powerful companions on the journey through life. Explore some of the finest examples of animal imagery depicted in North American Indian art assembled from the world-renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The exhibition features clothing, adornments, and other objects. To register for the event, call or email Joan Cullen (607-547-1461 or j.cullen@nysha.org). Joan Cullen is Education Programs Assistant at The Farmers' Museum and New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown. The event runs from 12:30 to 3pm. Lunch served promptly at 12:30. Allow adequate time to arrive (approximately 2 hours). Deadline for registrations is Oct. 21st. $25 per person includes museum admission, catered sit-down lunch followed by curator-led tour of the special exhibit. Additional exhibits available for self-tour include A Moment Past: L.F. Tantillo Paints New York History, depicting early history of New York State and the Hudson River. Madame Butterfly: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera, Madame Butterfly’s World: Woodblock Prints of a Changing Japan, Dorothea Lange's America, Folk Art and American Modernism, Lake & Village: Cooperstown's People and Places. This event is a co-partnership between Saratoga Reads and Saratoga Arts.

November 2014
Film and Discussion: "Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians"
11/13/2014 - 11/13/2014
Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery, Skidmore College
Join Ian Berry, Tang Museum Director, and Jill Sweet, retired professor of Anthropology, for a screening of "Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians" and Discussion

Barnes & Noble Book Fair
11/15/2014 - 11/15/2014
Barnes & Noble Book Store, 3029 Route 50, Saratoga Springs
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month and do some holiday shopping to support Saratoga Reads! The book fair will run in-store from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. You can also shop online from 11/15-11/20. Use the Book Fair ID number 11468758!

Download a printable schedule and voucher here

Film Series at Crandall Library: "Skydancer"
11/18/2014 - 11/18/2014
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY
Skydancer is a feature length documentary that takes a provocative look at Indian life in the 21st Century: from the fragile hierarchy on top of the breath-taking steel structures in New York City to life 'on the Rez' where problems like unemployment and crime make it hard to see the pristine beauty of the surrounding lands. The film allows exceptional access to the lives of these ironworkers and in the process offers an intriguingly different perspective on contemporary Native Americans.

Film Series at Crandall Library: "The Cherokee Word for Water"
11/25/2014 - 11/25/2014
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY
Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, the movie is about a community coming together to improve its life condition. Led by Wilma Mankiller, who went on to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, and full-blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, they join forces and build nearly twenty miles of waterline using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the community to trust each other, and reawaken universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. The successful completion of the waterline sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day.

December 2014
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.

January 2015
Round Lake Library Book Discussion
01/08/2015 - 01/08/2015
Round Lake Library, Malta Branch, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta
Join the Round Lake Library Book Discussion group for a discussion of this year's winning book. Discussion begins at 11 a.m.

Film and Discussion
01/10/2015 - 01/10/2015
Empire State College, 113 West Avenue
Join Empire State College for a film screening and post-film discussion.

Stillwater Free Library Book Discussion
01/20/2015 - 01/20/2015
Stillwater Free Library, 662 South Hudson Ave, Stillwater
Join the Stillwater Library Book Discussion group for a discussion of this year's winning book! Discussion begins at 7 p.m.

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 lead 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.

SAVE THE DATE for 3rd Annual LEGO Contest
02/07/2015
TBD
Create an original Lego model inspired by your favorite book! And, have fun with demonstrations and activities. More details coming soon!

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 lead 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.

Winter Break Art Program for Kids
02/18/2015 - 02/18/2015
Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery, Skidmore College
This program will run from 10-11:30 a.m. We will talk about the junior selection Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith. We hope you will read the book before you come! After the art activity, you are invited to have lunch in Skidmore's Dining Hall and meet some of the Skidmore chefs. This program is suitable for children age 6 and up, and is free and open to the public.

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.

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