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Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012 3:15 am

ROCHESTER —Visitors to the Rochester Museum & Science Center celebrate the Haudenosaunee, known to many as Iroquois, past and present culture with artisans from the community. Haudenosaunee Day takes place from noon to 4pm Saturday.

Meet local Haudenosaunee artists as they bring the traditions of their culture to life through art. Attendees will learn about and see traditional jewelry making, beading and basket making. In addition, attendees will hear from storytellers and join RMSC docent educators for tours of the Museum’s world-renowned collection. Visitors will spend time with collections staff and volunteers to view artifacts rarely on display for the public, including art from the Works Progress Administration Indian Arts Project.

 “The Haudenosaunee culture reflects a respect for the environment that can inspire us to think differently about our own day-to-day lives,” said Calvin Uzelmeier, director of education, RMSC. “The RMSC is excited to host these artisans and provide this wonderful opportunity to engage others in the culture of the Haudenosaunee nations, which has been vital to New York State’s history, and continues to be a vibrant part of our current community.”

Visitors will also learn first-hand about the tradition of making corn-husk dolls with hands-on art activities. Visitors can also take a free class from a local Seneca artist to learn how to make cornhusk dolls. Classes will be available for multiple age groups, and families are encouraged to take a class together.

Classes are scheduled:

  • 10:30-11:00am for families with children 5-10 years old; Course # F1017
  • 11:30am-12:15pm for ages 16 and up; Course # F1018
  • 1:00-1:45pm for families with children 11-15 years old (adult supervision NOT required); Course # F1019
  • 2:30-3:15pm for families with children 5-10 years old; Course # F1020

Attendees can register ahead or the day of the class (if there’s space available). Register by calling (585) 697-1942.

Haudenosaunee Day is free with regular Museum admission: $13 adults, $12 seniors and college students with ID, $11 ages 3 to 18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members. For group reservations and rates, call (585)697-1942. Programs take place in the Museum unless otherwise specified. Check www.rmsc.org for updates.

This program is funded by the New York State Council of the Arts.

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