HOWES CAVE — There are several events planned for the Iroquois Indian Museum including:
∫Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 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 such as intricately beaded collars and cuffs, beaded and appliqued ribbon shirts and skirts, breechcloths, and leggings. She will offer demonstrations throughout the day. Demonstrations will be included in admission to the museum.
∫ July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Marilyn 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 offer demonstrations throughout the day. Demonstrations will be included in admission to the museum.
∫ July 25, 2021, Sunday. Various times between noon and 4 pm.
Fingerweaving artist Marilynn Hill, Tuscarora, will lead a workshop on the skill popular in the 18th century. Registration and attendance fee is required.
∫ July 31 – August 1, 2021, Saturday – Sunday. Various times during opening hours.
Jamie is a cultural educator and artist from the Seneca community of Tonawanda and admired for his attention to detail and historic knowledge. He will offer demonstrations throughout the weekend on porcupine quillwork, which is used in decorative elements on Haudenosaunee objects, such as clothing, moccasins, and quiver pouches. Jamie is a collections assistant at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Demonstrations will be included in admission fee to the museum.
∫ Aug. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. — The museum will present an evening of music and beverages featuring Schoharie zydeco/jam band The Rubber Band, and blues harmonica and guitar musician and Haudenosaunee artist Mike Jones and vocalist Kari Kennedy. Beer from local breweries will be available for purchase. The event is a fundraiser for the Museum. Event tickets are $10 for admission or $20 for admission, commemorative cup, and one free beer.
∫ Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Anna is from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and admired for her workmanship and use of hand-tanned leather, color, and original beaded designs on moccasins, dance garters, mittens, and other items. She has been honored by the Ganondagan State Historic Site, the Abenaki and Mohawk Art Market at the Adirondack Experience, and others. She will offer demonstrations of her skill throughout the day. These demonstrations will be included in admission to the museum.
∫ Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Founded in 1979, the Allegany River Dancers have become one of the best-known Native dance groups in North America. Their performances often encourage audience participation and feature intertribal “Pow wow” style dances, such as a dance that uses 30 hoops to form designs found in nature. Performances will be included in the cost of admissions to the museum.
∫ Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Randy is Tuscarora Nation Turtle Clan and leads a social dance troupe. He will demonstrate the construction of the traditional arts of waterdrum, cow horn rattle, and feather fan used in social dances. Demonstrations are included in the admission to the museum.
∫ Sep. 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Price: $5 — $10. The Annual Iroquois Arts Festival celebrates Haudenosaunee creativity with live performances by cultural groups, demonstrations, an outdoor Arts Market with traditional and contemporary arts and fine crafts, family activities, and more. The event will feature The Sky Dancers from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground, the Museum’s archaeology department, and wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin, who will bring a variety of animals, including birds of prey.
∫ Oct. 9, 1 to 4 p.m. Museum admission covers reception. The museum will present an Indigenous People’s Day Weekend reception of its 2021 contemporary art show, Identity/Identify, with speaker Drew Hayden Taylor.
Taylor is a writer, journalist, and playwright whose 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. Drew’s credits include over 70 plays, numerous nonfiction books, and a performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
∫ Oct. 16. Various times 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum admission includes demonstrations.
The museum’s annual event has been moved from spring to fall, when visitors will be able to watch and participate in the ancient art of making chipped stone tools known as flint knapping, 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? Bring it with you and the Museum’s experts will try to identify it for you.