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Epic Stories of the Iroquois at Adirondack Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN - The Iroquois people are the original residents of what is now New York State. There were five tribes in the first Confederacy: the Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Onondaga, and the Cayuga. Eventually, a sixth nation, the Tuscarora tribe, joined the confederation.

On Sunday, March 14, Mohawk storyteller Darren Bonaparte will share stories and recount the great legends of the Iroquois Confederacy including "The Creation Story" and "The Great Peacemaker" at the Adirondack Museum. The program, "Epic Stories of the Iroquois," is part of the popular Cabin Fever Sunday series.

The presentation will be held in the Auditorium, and will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Cabin Fever Sunday programs are offered at no charge to museum members. The fee for non-members is $5. There is no charge for children of elementary school age or younger. Refreshments will be served.

The Museum Store and Visitor Center will be open from 12 - 4 p.m.

Cabin Fever Sunday programs are sponsored by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park: www.pearsallfoundation.org.

Darren Bonaparte is a storyteller, Mohawk historian, artist, teacher, and maker of wampum belts from Akwesasne. He is the author of Creation & Confederation: The Living History of the Iroquois as well as A Lily Among Thorns: the Mohawk Repatriation of Kateri Tekakwitha.

Bonaparte is a former elected chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. His articles have been published in Aboriginal Voices, Winds of Change, The Nation, and Native American magazine. He is also the creator of "The Wampum Chronicles: Mohawk Territory on the Internet" at www.wampumchronicles.com.

For additional information, please call the Education Department at 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit the museum's web site at www.adirondackmuseum.org.

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