Iroquois Indian Museum

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Iroquois Indian Museum
Established 1980
Location 324 Caverns Rd, Howes Cave, New York, United States
Coordinates 42°41′30″N 74°24′29″W / 42.69159°N 74.40806°W / 42.69159; -74.40806Coordinates: 42°41′30″N 74°24′29″W / 42.69159°N 74.40806°W / 42.69159; -74.40806
Website Iroquois Indian Museum

The Iroquois Indian Museum is devoted to the art and history of the Iroquois, a North American confederacy of six Native American tribes based in New York. Located in Howes Cave in Schoharie County, New York, it promotes Iroquois art for teaching the culture and history of the peoples. It also features a performance space for traditional and contemporary Iroquois music and dance. The museum opened in 1981 in the historic homeland of the Mohawk Indians, one of the original Five Tribes of the Iroquois League.


The Iroquois Indian Museum, which opened in its Howes Cave location in 1992, is built in the form of a traditional longhouse, important to Iroquois culture. These were used by extended families for their residences. Some longhouses were reserved for tribal councils and community meetings or ceremonies.[1] Once based in New York, most members of the Iroquois tribes now live on First Nations reserves in Quebec and Ontario, Canada; others live in New York, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.[1]

The museum was built at a cost of $1.3 million. It holds the largest collection of Iroquois art in the United States, and is designed to teach and interpret the culture of the Six Tribes of the Iroquois.[1]

Also located in the museum is the Iroquois Performing Arts Amphitheater, used for music and dance works based on traditional practices related to the Iroquois culture. Ancestors were in their territory for 10,000 years.[2][3] The museum's exhibits also embrace modern culture, such as one in 2008 that featured Native American baseball players.[4]


The Iroquois Indian Museum has partnered with a number of other museums throughout the United States including:[5]


  1. ^ a b c Harold Faber (1992-06-03). "New Museum Shows Lives of Iroquois". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ "If You Go to Howe Caverns". The Buffalo News. 1999-05-02. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  3. ^ Mark Simonson (2007-10-06). "A Nation Long Before Columbus". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  4. ^ Roger Petterson (2008-05-11). "Online Traveler: Where Baseball's Enshrined". The Ohiladelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Iroquois Indian Museum". Retrieved 2008-06-02. 

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