Iroquois Indian Festival and Tattoo Exhibit

Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
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Iroquois Indian Museum Howes Cave
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , New York
Sunday, September 1, 2013

I happened to follow someone's facebook post and found reference to a museum not far from home that was hosting a tattoo art exhibit, so I dragged Kara to Howes Cave where we not only saw the exhibit which was well-presented, but also caught the 32nd Annual Iroquois Indian Festival - that I had never heard of that I can remember.

First we checked out the craft tents along the periphery of the grounds.  The Museum is in an interesting large building modeled after the traditional long house.  We went to the tattoo exhibit, looked at the regular museum exhibits until noon when the Sky Dancers were presenting their first set of dances in the outdoor amphitheater.  It was quite hot and we pitied the dancers in their many layered costumes - especially the women.  Most of the dancers were mopping their brows as they went along.  The age of the dancers varied - maybe some grandparents, parents and young children.  One young boy was quite lively.  One of the young men appeared to be quite enthusiastic about his performance and led a song for one of the dances.  All the dancers seemed to really enjoy performing and smiled and laughed as they danced, especially the woman in the white outfit.

we started to get hungry before the end of the dancing and agreed to go off to the food vendor as soon as the performance ended.  Kara wasn't sure she would last though.  We opted for sharing a corn soup (unusual white split kernels of corn in a beige-colored soup - from the beans probably) and a taco on fried dough that was quite good.  Kara was willing to share the strawberry juice but since it was so hot, I thought we should both have one for better hydration.  The strawberry juice had real strawberries floating in it and was quite good!

We had decided to sit under one of the tents since the tables in the shade were all occupied.  At a certain time, the storyteller came and began to tell her stories - while we ate.  I would have stayed to the end because she was quite good but Kara was ready to leave.  I made Kara wait while I finished looking at the part of the Museum I hadn't seen yet - not so much there - except for the indoor turtle pool with real turtles.

It was a great little excursion and I found someplace new that I didn't know existed.

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