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Iroquois Indian Museum

 
The Iroquois Indian Museum is an educational institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Iroquois culture using Iroquois art as a window to that culture. The Museum is a venue for promoting Iroquois art and artists, and a meeting place for all peoples to celebrate Iroquois culture and diversity.
Address: Howes Cave, NY, 12092    
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Iroquois Indian Museum
Iroquois Indian Museum
The goal of the Iroquois Indian Museum is to have the best collection in the world of modern Iroquois Creativity: Fine arts, Traditional and Modern Crafts, Photography and multi-media. It grows through acquisitions and gifts from the public, including Iroquois artists and collectors.
The Iroquois are famous in history as the most powerful and influential Native Americans in eastern North America. Their Confederacy of six nations, the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora, played a vital role in the development of North America, both before and after the arrival of European settlers.
Modern Iroquois creative culture has grown out of ancient traditions in New York that can be traced back archeologically some 10,000 years. With an emphasis upon regional archeology, the Museum combines anthropological research with appreciation of contemporary sensitivities. The Museum's discovery of the home of the pre-Revolutionary Schoharie Mohawks and the oldest (9600 year-old) site in Schoharie County are particularly emphasized in the archeological exhibits.
The Museum specializes in researching the ethnohistory of the Schoharie Mohawk, with a large library of copies of original papers and records from the 1600s and 1700s. New trading markets, technologies, alliances, and religions affected the lives of Iroquois women and men. Exhibits and programs illustrate the men's realm of politics, hunting, warfare, games, and chieftainship, and the women's realm of the longhouse, the clan, the crops, and their role in politics.
Educational Programs. The Iroquois Indian Museum is an anthropological museum that uses art to educate and inspire. Our educational programs fulfill the NYS Learning Standards for the Arts, Social Studies, and Language Arts. Depending on which programs are taken, students will engage in artistic creation, learn about the Iroquois relationship to nature, learn to identify archeological artifacts, hear stories, or appreciate the art of the living Iroquois. The Museum provides a stimulating object-based learning environment that engages visitors on visual, tactile, and intellectual levels. Some of its features include:
- A  modern museum designed in the shape of a longhouse, as a teaching device.
- The largest public collection of contemporary Iroquois arts in the world.
- An archeological collection of Schoharie County artifacts.
- A 45-acre Nature Park with marked trails.
- Interactive hands-on Children’s Iroquois Museum.
- Outdoor Picnic area.
- Two Iroquois log houses, circa 1850.
Museum Gift Shop. We offer the finest examples of Iroquois creativity. Only Iroquois art and craftwork are sold: Baskets & Beadwork, Books, Cornhusk, Jewelry, Painting, Posters, Prints, Wallhangings, Pottery, Sculpture.

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324 Caverns Road Howes Cave, NY, 12092

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