Exhibition Programs for Three Sisters & Corn Maidens: Native American Maize Cultivation & Customs

Native American Lecture Series 
Sundays, March 13, April 17 and May 15, 2011, 3:00 PM

The Museum presents a three-part series by Native American scholars presented in conjunction with the exhibition.  Lectures are free with Museum admission.

  • March 13: Evolving the Three Sisters: The Changing Histories of Maize, Bean and Squash in the Greater Northeast
    Dr. John P. Hart, Director, Research & Collections Division at the New York State Museum 
  • April 17: The Lenape: Lower New York’s First Inhabitants
    Dr. David Oestreicher, Independent Scholar and Curator
  • May 15: Navajo and Hopi Traditions
    Harriet Koenig, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Native American Family Day
April 10, 2011, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

The Museum presents activities for the entire family celebrating the exhibitionExplore the exhibition with a gallery guide and create related crafts in the workshop.  Jessica Diemer-Eaton’s Native American Foods Program will be ongoing throughout the day on the lawn in front of the Museum.  Ms Diemer-Eaton will be demonstrating the processing and the preparation of traditional Woodland Indian corn dishes such as hominy, parched corn pudding, green husk corn bread and ash cakes baked on top of flat rocks over an open fire.  Come and learn about the Northeastern Native Peoples beliefs, nutrition, mannerisms, horticulture and uses of corn! All activities are free with Museum admission and are suitable for all ages and abilities.

April School Vacation Workshops
Tuesday – Friday, April 19, 20, 21, 22, 2011, 10:30 AM

Art activities for children in grades 1 – 3. Students will explore the exhibition and then create crafts related to each day’s theme.

  • Tuesday – Clay Corn Pots
  • Wednesday – Bark Baskets
  • Thursday – Coil Baskets
  • Friday – Kachina Corn Dolls

Each workshop is a complete program, but the four projects are complementary. These inclusive workshops are suitable for students of all abilities.  Members $5, non-members $7, per student, per day, includes all materials. Reservations are required for each day by calling the Museum 203-869-0376.