Iroquois Indian Museum

Iroquois Indian Museum

324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092 - United States





The Iroquois Indian Museum building is a work of art designed in the shape and spirit of the longhouses that once graced the valleys of upstate New York. Archeology exhibits focus on the ancestors of the Iroquois from 10,000 years ago until European contact.

History exhibits highlight the men’s realm of hunting, warfare, chieftainships, and games and the women’s realm of the longhouse, the clans, the crops, and politics. The Museum represents the world’s most comprehensive collection of modern Iroquois art work. This collection celebrates the ancient unity of the Iroquois still expressed in the creative spirit of today’s artists.


May 2, 2020 - November 29, 2020
Who is Haudenosaunee? Who is not, and who gets to decide? These are the questions at the center of a thought-provoking new exhibit in the Iroquois Museum's main gallery. Praised as “quite timely” by the Oneida Trust & Enrollment Department in Wisconsin, Identity/Identify presents individual and collaborative artistic responses from across Iroquois Country that speak to these issues. The exhibit explores how definitions and designations of membership determine access to tribal and federal resources, rights, residency options, and other components of cultural and community participation.

Artwork from the Iroquois Museum's collection and work created specifically for the exhibit will address the political, often polarizing, issues surrounding blood quantum standards; the position and challenges of mixed race individuals; those whose connections to heritage are through their father's (rather than mother’s) lines; and those who grew up off reservation.

The exhibit features video, sculpture, beadwork, mosaic, painting, and photography by Peter Jones, Hayden Haynes, and Michael Jones from Seneca territory; Margaret Jacobs, Natasha Smoke Santiago, and Ionawiienhawi Sargent from Akwesasne; Brenda Hill, Rick Hill, and Robert D’Alimonte from Tuscarora; Karen Ann Hoffman from Oneida, Wisconsin; Tahatie Montour, Angel Horn, and Danielle Soames from Kahnawake; Andrea Chrisjohn from Kingston, NY; Shelia Escobar and Lance Hodahkwen from Syracuse; Rosy Simas from Minneapolis; Ric Glazer Danay from California; and Melanie Printup Hope from Toronto. Identity/Identify runs through November 29, 2020 with an opening reception on May 2 with special guest writer and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. Curated by the Iroquois Museum with project consultants Andrea Chrisjohn and Melanie Printup Hope.

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