New Iroquois Beadwork Exhibit at the New York State Museum
- A new exhibit of Iroquois beadwork opens on November 4 at the New York State Museum, Albany, a division of the New York State Education Department:
Ska-Ni-Kwat: The Power of the Good Mind
November 4, 2006 - April 15, 2007
Ska-Ni-Kwat presents two traditional Iroquois outfits, newly made through an international collaborative project involving participants of all ages, ethnicities, and national identities. Working together in the Iroquois tradition of sharing, compassion, and peace, hundreds of individuals helped create the finished garments. The exhibit is the brainchild of Sam Thomas and Lorna Thomas-Hill, a mother and son artistic team who are enrolled members of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, Canada. In addition, historic Iroquois beadwork from the collection of Dolores Elliott provides context for the costumes on display. From fantastically complex, profusely beaded 19th century creations to 20th century simplicity, traditional beadwork speaks of the beauty, complexity, and affirmation of the Iroquois people.
Admission to the museum is without charge; however, a voluntary donation is requested. The museum is open seven days a week.
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