Cooperstown Festival Celebrates Iroquois Culture
On Memorial Day weekend, May 26–27, the Iroquois Cultural Festival spreads its wings on the expansive lakefront lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. A remarkable gathering of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artisans, dancers, interpreters, and Native American scholars, this first-ever festival can’t be missed. Storytellers Perry Ground, Kay Olan, and Mike Tarbell reflect the importance of Iroquois oral tradition, in which stories are told to teach as well as provide enjoyment.
With admission to the festival, visitors can explore the extraordinary Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, a collection of over 800 objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures. Tours of Otsego: A Meeting Place and its Seneca Log House and Mohawk Bark House are also part of the festival.
Another highlight of the weekend is a concert by Haudenosaunee singer, composer, and Grammy Award winner Joanne Shenandoah at The Farmers' Museum on Saturday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at the museum or the Fenimore’s website.
The festival is hosted by the New York State Historical Association, in partnership with the Iroquois Indian Museum. "Through the festival and other programs, NYSHA seeks to further educate the public about Haudenosaunee culture, both past and present," explains Garet Livermore, Vice President for Education. The festival is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and a contribution from Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation.
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