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Iroquois Indian Festival celebrates 36th year

The 36th annual Iroquois Indian Festival will be held Sept. 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  at the Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. 
This event centers on the celebration of Iroquois creativity and self-expression by featuring an all-Iroquois Art Market open to Iroquois artists by special invitation. Both traditional and contemporary arts and fine crafts are showcased.

The Sky Dancers from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario will perform traditional Iroquois social dances, and may invite the public onto the dance floor to participate. Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground will return with dramatic tales of daring feats and astounding adventures. Among Saturday events, guest artist Jay Havens will unveil and discuss the mural he created for the IIM Children’s Museum. The family activity area will feature participatory crafts. Local wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will discuss wildlife conservation in our region and present a variety of native 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.

On Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., join multidisciplinary Mohawk artist Jay Havens for a collaborative  painting of a 10-foot by  40-foot mural in the Iroquois Indian Museum’s Childrens Museum. Visitors six years and older are invited to take part in the creation of this unique permanent installation. Havens   will talk about the development of the project, the significance of the mural, and the contemporary stories and concepts it portrays. Related activities will be available for young visitors.

On Friday, August 25 at 1 p.m., Havens will present an artist’s talk focused on his creative process, his other works addressing consumerism and environmental degradation, and the plasticity between conventional and contemporary Native arts.

Price: Free with museum admission. Adults: $8; 
Seniors (62+): $6.50;
Students (13 – 17): $6.50;
Children (5 -12): $5; 
Children 4 and younger: Free


Gloria Mazure

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