A Lineage of Iroquois Artistry


Effigy Comb, ca. 1670-87.  Seneca, Iroquois.  Moose or elk antler; 4.25” H x 2.8” W.  Thaw Collection, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York
 

March 31–December 30, 2012

A Lineage of Iroquois Artistry exhibits objects made by Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artists, each revealing an eloquence that is part of an ancient cultural heritage that is still very much alive today.  Using both old and new techniques, materials, and concepts, contemporary Iroquois artists continue to communicate who they are, where they come from, and what is important to them as Native people.

This exhibit was inspired by Otsego: A Meeting Place, our Native American site adjoining the museum. Many of the artworks in the exhibit were created and used in an environment similar to the one you see at Otsego: A Meeting Place, which represents the period 1750–1850 with historic buildings, gardens, and indigenous plantings of the region.