Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave
Established in 1980, this museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and culture of the Haudenosauee or Iroquois people. The museum includes special exhibit areas for children in addition to galleries of historic artifacts and art. There is also a galley filled with works by current Haudenosaunee artists, allowing them to showcase their work and demonstrate the vibrancy of their dynamic culture.
Backstory and Context
The Iroquois Indian Museum is located in modern museum building designed to resemble a longhouse, a traditional home to Haudenosaunee peoples. Longhouses were inhabited by as many as twenty families with entrances at both ends, smoke holes at the top, and several hearths. The museum's design demonstrates how significant the longhouse was and is to Haudenosaunee people.