Haudenosaunee beadwork is a stunning art form.The History Center will share lovely images and exquisite pieces of beautiful beadwork in an event featuring two expert speakers and a display of nearly thirty items.
Deborah Holler, a speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities and faculty mentor at SUNY Empire State College, will present "Inventing Fashion: Iroquois Beadwork and the Art of Flowering."Ms. Holler will show images from the collections in the New York State Museum, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and private collections. These images illuminate the contributions of the Iroquois to the textile arts, as well as the complex cultural exchange that defined women's fashions of 19th century.
Dolores Elliott, author and collector of Haudenosaunee beadwork, will present a talk on "Lewis H Morgan and Iroquois Beadwork." Morgan, a mid-19th century anthropologist and ethnographer, was the leading scholar of the Haudenosaunee who made one of the first collections of American Indian material culture. Ms. Elliott will display beadwork similar to the objects purchased by Morgan for the New York State cabinet in 1849-1850.
A question and answer session will follow remarks from the panelists.
For more information, contact Paul Miller, Director of Secondary and Adult Education programs, at 607.273.4536 ext. 3. The History Center is located at 401 East State Street, just east of the Ithaca Commons, Ithaca, New York.
This program was made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities.