The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery

September 2  - October 7, 2015

Beaded Birds and Beasts: Selected Iroquois Beadwork

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 5 - 7 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Dolores Elliott, Museum consultant, archaeologist, retired

at 5:30 p.m. in the gallery

beaded birds and beasts

Mohawk Purple Pincushion with Bird with Blue Tail, ca. 1890

Concurrent Exhibition

3 Contemporary Native American Artists

Carrie Hill, Peter Jemison, and Natasha Smoke Santiago


Carrie HIll Gold Tipped Basket

Carrie Hill, Gold Tipped Basket, 2014
                                                                Photo credit: Faily Tale Dreams Photography, Cassandra Blair

Exhibition Programs
All presentations will take place in Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery in Brodie Hall, 204
Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30 p.m: Two Hundred Years of Iroquois Beadwork, Dolores Elliott, Museum consultant,
archaeologist, retired                                                          

Monday, September 14, at 2:30 p.m: "Diabetes in Native Americans: History and Progress," Prof. Wendy Pogozelski

Monday, September 21 at 2:30 p.m: "Beads and the Economy of Early America," Prof. Michael Oberg 

Thursday, October 1 at 2:30 p.m: "Words and/as Image: Leslie Marmon Silko, Laguna Pueblo Writer and Visual Artist," Prof. Caroline Woidat

Please join us as we celebrate the extraordinary beauty of Iroquois beadwork in this exhibit, Beaded Birds and Beasts: Selected Iroquois Beadwork.  Native Americans lived in what is now New York State 12 thousand years before the arrival of Europeans. The objects in this exhibit cover 1880 to 2000, and the pincushions, purses, urns, whisk broom holders and needle cases are in themselves beautifully constructed, and various in design and color and timeless in they're contemporary appearance. 

Concurrently, the second exhibition, 3 Contemporary Native American Artists, presents the work of three important artists: Carrie Hill, basket weaver, Peter Jemison, painter, filmmaker, and director of Ganondagan State Historic Site, and Natasha Smoke Santiago, ceramist and painter.

Each artist brings their unique relationship with the land, family and the universe to their artwork.  Hill's work is constructed of black ash splint and sweet grass. She writes that for her, "the possibilities are endless and experimentation is critical to the works outcome."  Whether abstract or representational Jemison's paintings are concerned with the earth, creation and the spiritual that resides in everything.  Smoke Santiago expresses her concerns for the health of her community, and aligning the people with the land and its gifts, and creates images denoting human relationships and connections to the natural world.  

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Provost's Office, and the Departments of History, English, and Anthropology.

The opening reception is Wed., Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. the artists will be present.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Thursday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and
Friday - Saturday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.