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Iroquois Studies Association

An educational, not-for-profit organization, incorporated in the State of New York. Our purpose is to provide educational and cultural programs about American Indians, especially the Haudenosaunee, or Six Nations of the Iroquois.

The 2014 American Indian Art Market took place Friday evening, November 7, and all day Saturday, November 8. Here are some pictures from the event. Thank you to everyone who came.

Marla Skye with art work Marla Skye with art work
Ronnie-Leigh Goeman's Baskets Ronnie-Leigh Goeman's Baskets
KarenLyne Hill with her beadwork KarenLyne Hill with her beadwork
KarenLyne's beaded heart KarenLyne's beaded heart
Sheila Escobar's beaded heart Sheila Escobar's beaded heart
Tammy Tarbell with her pottery Tammy Tarbell with her pottery
Dave Farnham and his carvings Dave Farnham and his carvings
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Iroquois Beadwork Publications


 Iroquois Beadwork Volume 1: A Short History features over 200 full color pictures of beadwork and gives a short history of Iroquois beadwork. An illustrated time line shows examples of the major traditions of beadwork over the last 200 years. It also contains a list of publications for further reading.

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Iroquois Beadwork Volume 2: An Identification Guide contains 26 pages of full color pictures of beadwork classified into over 80 defined types of beadwork such as heart pincushions, canoes, birds, needlecases, urns, strawberries, and fist purses and how they differ in the three main beadwork traditions: the Mohawk, the Niagara, and the Thomas-Hill.

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Iroquois Beadwork Volume 3: An Exhibit, Conference, And More reports on the 2009 Rockwell Museum of Western Art exhibit, "Sewing the Seeds: 200 Years of Iroquois Glass Beadwork" which featured over 300 pieces of Iroquois beadwork. This volume also includes information about the first Iroquois Beadwork Conference which was held in September, 2009, and was attended by over 50 admirers of Iroquois beadwork. Also included are essays on purple pillow pincushions and floral black bags.

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 Iroquois Beadwork Volume 4: Canoes and Horseshoes Canoes and horseshoes are two of the many forms of Iroquois beadwork. Out of the dozens of different types of Iroquois beadwork developed in the last two centuries, these two forms are described together in this publication because they share several characteristics.


 Iroquois Beadwork Volume 5: Strawberries, Birds, and Trees Three of the over eighty forms of Iroquois beadwork are featured in this twenty page guidebook. Strawberries, birds, and trees are included together because they share the characteristic of being three-dimensional; they have no defined front and back so they can be viewed from all sides. Over one hundred pieces of beadwork are pictured.


 Iroquois Beadwork Volume 6: Match Boxes and Whiskbroom Holders Wall hangers made to hold items of daily use are featured in this twenty page guidebook. Match boxes to hold stick matches used for lighting stoves and lights in pre-electric homes and holders for whisk brooms are among the most creative forms of Iroquois beadwork. Other minor forms of wall hangings such as scissors holders are included. One hundred colorful and often amusing pieces are pictured.

Click here for an order form for all the publications. There is a special price for a combination package.

Birds and Beasts in Beads: 150 Years of Iroquois Beadwork
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A catalogue for the exhibit of the same name The exhibit was originally at the Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University. The catalogue was compiled by Carol Ann Lorenz, the Senior Curator of the Longyear Museum.

The 26 page full color publication includes 57 photographs of Iroquois beadwork in a variety of shapes and functions. Pincushions carry colorful images of exotic animals including elephants and unicorns and purses that picture lions, a camel, and a pig. A hot pink whisk broom holder shows a green hippo with a yellow dog chasing a blue cat. A trilobe heart shows four baby birds peeking out of a bird’s nest. One purse depicts a FOX on a BOX and other shows a green bear. There is also a green cow with the date 1910.

A 6000 word essay by Dolores Elliott outlines the history of Iroquois beadwork in the communities of the Six Nations in the US and Canada. The cost of the catalogue is $12.00 plus shipping.

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Samuel Thomas’ Beadwork Workbook has been reprinted. Click here for an order form.

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