Museum of Indian Culture

Museum of Indian Culture The Museum of Indian Culture's mission is to preserve and educate the public about the Northeastern Woodland Indians as well as other American Indian Cultures.
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The Museum of Indian Culture, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native American heritage museum, is a unique resource center for people of all ages to learn about the Lenape (Delaware) and other American Indian tribes. Located in an eighteenth century stone farmhouse in the scenic Little Lehigh Parkway, the Museum has educated the community about Native American heritage for over 36 years. Each year, the Museum provides guided tours of hands-on exhibits showcasing Native American tools, basketry, artwork, photographs, textiles, and beadwork. Visitors learn to grind corn using a mortar and pestle, make a fire with a softwood fire kit, and even try their hand at the ancient American Indian hunting implement, the atlatl (weather permitting). The Museum also offers a comprehensive research library and educational outreach programs for school and community organizations throughout the region. Additionally, the Museum hosts a variety of special events, lectures, and crafts workshops throughout the year. The Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, held during the third weekend in August, is the oldest Native American festival in eastern Pennsylvania. This annual event celebrates Native American culture through dance, music, art, food, and life ways, and features Native American award-winning recording artists, and art and jewelry vendors from across the country. Other special events include: “Just for Kids! Native American Heritage Day,” a fun-filled children’s craft and life skills event in September; “Artifact Road Show” during Archaeology Month in October; and in November celebrates Native American Heritage Month. The Museum's regular hours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am – 4 p.m. Starting in June, the Museum’s hours are extending to Thursday through Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm 36th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival- August - 3rd weekend Celebrate Native American culture at PA oldest Native American gathering. Experience Native American drumming, singing, dancing, authentic arts and crafts, foods and more. Gates open to the public 10 am. Grand entry is 12 noon. $8 Adults, $5 Seniors & Children 8 – 12, Kids 7 and under & Members free MUSEUM CURRENT FEATURED EXHIBITS: “Mystery Unearthed: The Extraordinary Story of Two Lenape Rock Shelters” In 1942, amateur archeologists discovered two rock shelters near the town of Broomall, Pennsylvania. Their romp in the woods turned serious when they uncovered a skeleton and thousands of Native American artifacts in one of the rock shelters. This new exhibit presents a life-size replica of the Broomall Rock Shelters that shows how Lenape families or hunting parties may have occupied them for centuries. "Tropical Storm Unearths Upper Saucon’s Ancient Past: Lenape Life along Saucon Creek" this exhibit reveals the pre-historic evidence of the Lehigh Valley’s earliest inhabitants through Robert Kufrovich’s collection of artifacts excavated from one of many significant archaeological sites surveyed and recorded in the path of 1980’s Interstate 78 and Route 309 Southern Corridor construction projects. The collection of stone points, scrapers, ground tools, celts, hammer stones and game balls reveal the rich heritage of the Lenape who once lived in our region from pre-historic times through the infamous “Walking Purchase.” "Let's Pow-wow! Native American Dance Regalia, Customs and Tradition Exhibit" - Trace the history of American Indian dance regalia—one of the most underappreciated art forms in America. Discover how trade and cultural change has transformed this clothing over the past 200 years, and learn the importance of the powwow and how dance and dance regalia continue to help preserve tradition, foster innovation, and bring American Indian families together today. Visitors can also learn about the intensity of today’s American Indian competition dancing

Mission: The Museum of Indian Culture's mission is to preserve and educate the public about the Northeastern Woodland Indians as well as other American Indian Cultures.

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11/04/2019

Museum of Indian Culture's cover photo

Join us at the Museum of Indian Culture this Saturday to celebrate Native American Heritage Month
11/04/2019

Join us at the Museum of Indian Culture this Saturday to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Saturdays at the Museum of Indian Culturepresents.....TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ACORNSOctober 26, 201910 am - 4 pmThe weather ...
10/18/2019

Saturdays at the Museum of Indian Culture
presents.....
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ACORNS
October 26, 2019
10 am - 4 pm

The weather is cooling and leaves are changing color. It’s time to gather acorns. These nuts are nutritious, but contain high amounts of tannins and require special preparation to make them edible. Although they were widely enjoyed, acorns were a staple food of many Native American tribes. Learn traditional and modern methods to process and use them.

SATURDAYS AT THE MUSEUM, a series of special programs / lifeways demonstrations that celebrates the culture and heritage of this nation First Peoples. Admission includes demonstration and museum tour: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12-17, and children under 12 are free.

For more information, please call the museum at 610-797-2121 or email [email protected]. Also visit our website at museumofindianculture.org.

Indian Country Today
09/27/2019
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Indian Country Today

Colorado honors its Native peoples with events and offerings to educate and inspire.

Colorado honors its earliest inhabitants through cultural experiences throughout the year. #ICTPressPool #ICTEvents

The Museum of Indian Culture thanks everyone who attended this years Roasting Ears of Corn Festival. Special thanks to o...
08/30/2019

The Museum of Indian Culture thanks everyone who attended this years Roasting Ears of Corn Festival. Special thanks to our drummers, dancers, performers, vendors and demonstrators, and especially our volunteers. Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization, and without them, the museum could not have had such a successful event. Additionally, we would also like to thank Landis Block and Concrete, Nyce Crete Company, MCS, Redners, What's Going on in the Lehigh Valley, and Discover Lehigh Valley for their support. See you next year!

Photo taken by Wendy Munro Jamison

Museum of Indian Culture
08/30/2019

Museum of Indian Culture

Photo taken by Wendy Munro Jamison

Photo taken by Wendy Munro Jamison
08/30/2019

Photo taken by Wendy Munro Jamison

The Museum of Indian Culture thanks everyone who attended this years Roasting Ears of Corn Festival. Special thanks to our drummers, dancers, performers, vendors and demonstrators, and especially our volunteers. Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization, and without them, the museum could not have had such a successful event. Additionally, we would also like to thank Landis Block and Concrete, Nyce Crete Company, MCS, Redners, What's Going on in the Lehigh Valley, and Discover Lehigh Valley for their support. See you next year!

Museum of Indian Culture's cover photo
08/25/2019

Museum of Indian Culture's cover photo

08/18/2019
Megan Frank PBS39

Megan Frank PBS39

Bill Miller joins us at PBS39! The THREE time Grammy winner reflects on his decades of work, including recording ''Colors Of The Wind'' for Disney's ''Pocahontas'' and jamming with Johnny Cash's family. Miller performs the title track on Cash's posthumous album ''Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited.'' Check out Miller's concert THIS weekend at the Museum of Indian Culture's Roasting Ears Of Corn Festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

08/18/2019
Megan Frank PBS39

Megan Frank PBS39

It was a true *HONOR* to interview Native American singer/songwriter Bill Miller at PBS39! The *THREE* time Grammy winner joins me for my Culture Shock segment to reflect on his decades of work, including recording ''Colors Of The Wind'' for Disney's ''Pocahontas'' and jamming with Johnny Cash's family. Miller performs the title track on Cash's posthumous album ''Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited.'' Check out Miller's concert *TONIGHT* at the Museum of Indian Culture's Roasting Ears Of Corn Festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania. *WATCH* my interview with this much celebrated and charismatic artist in the video below and hear him perform one of his original songs, ''Chasing Birds.''

Megan Frank PBS39
08/18/2019

Megan Frank PBS39

🎸🥁🎼🎤🎬 WOW! What an amazing *HONOR* to interview Native American singer/songwriter Bill Miller for PBS39! The *THREE* time Grammy winner joins me for my #CultureShock segment to reflect on his decades of work, including recording ''Colors Of The Wind'' for #Disney's #Pocahontas and jamming with #JohnnyCash's family. Miller performs the title track on Cash's posthumous album ''Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited.'' Check out Miller's concert *TONIGHT* at the Museum of Indian Culture's Roasting Ears Of Corn Festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania. *WATCH* my interview with this much celebrated and charismatic artist on my PBS page ''Megan Frank PBS39'' and hear him perform one of his original songs called ''Chasing Birds.'' #pbs #pbs39 #arts #culture #lehighvalley #allentown #pennsylvania #meganfrank #nativeamerican #nativeamericanmusic #music

Come out for your face painting.
08/17/2019

Come out for your face painting.

Here are two of the wonderful face paintings done today. Come out and get yours.
08/17/2019

Here are two of the wonderful face paintings done today. Come out and get yours.

5 DAYS TILL THE FESTIVAL! What’s your favorite food to get?!?
08/12/2019

5 DAYS TILL THE FESTIVAL! What’s your favorite food to get?!?

Attention:  All Volunteers!This Saturday, August 3rd, pre-festival set-up begins for the Museum of Indian Culture's 39th...
07/29/2019

Attention: All Volunteers!
This Saturday, August 3rd, pre-festival set-up begins for the Museum of Indian Culture's 39th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn festival!

This Saturday we begin by setting up canopies at 10 am.

If you plan on helping out either for pre festival set-up (August 3 - August 16); or during the event (August 17 and 18), please dress weather appropriate, wear sturdy shoes....and don't forget sunscreen! For more information about volunteering visit https://www.museumofindianculture.org/roasting-ears-of-corn-festival

Any questions about volunteering or the festival just give us a call at (610) 797-2121, message us on Facebook, or email [email protected]. Groups welcome!

The Roasting Ears of Corn festival will be held on the grounds of the Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Rd., Allentown, PA. on August 17 and 18th, 2019.

Have you seen the Museum of Indian Culture's newest exhibit?“THE GREAT NATIVE AMERICAN TOOLKIT"Over 20,000 years ago, th...
07/25/2019

Have you seen the Museum of Indian Culture's newest exhibit?

“THE GREAT NATIVE AMERICAN TOOLKIT"

Over 20,000 years ago, the first humans in North America began revolutionizing their cultures with specialized tools and weapons. Through trial and error they became skilled hunters, tolerated harsh climates, and equipped themselves to travel vast distances to hunt and forage for foods. “The Great Native American Toolkit” tells the story of the creative genius of North America’s first peoples and their ability to survive and thrive using similar tools made from regional resources.

This is a fascinating exhibit that features prehistoric stone tools and pottery used by the ancient Mississippian (Mound Builder) cultures, Northeastern Woodland (Lenape / Delaware / Iroquois), Southwestern cultures (Anasazi / Pueblo), and ancient bone fishing tools carved by Alaskan Natives.

Museum hours are Thursday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm.
2825 Fish Hatchery Rd., Allentown, PA 18103
www.museumofindianculture.org

Native American Flutist and 3 time GRAMMY winner                                                     Bill Miller        ...
07/25/2019
Official Bill Miller Website – The Leading Voice of American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Worldwide

Native American Flutist and 3 time GRAMMY winner Bill Miller to performer at the 39th Roasting Ears of Corn Festival

Bill Miller, world renown, multi-award winning Native American (Mohican) flutist and recording artist will perform at the 39th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival on August 17 & 18, 2019 at the Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Performance times are 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

His Indian name, Fush-Ya Heay Ka, means “bird song”. For over 30 years, Bill Miller’s music has amplified the whispers of Native peoples’ hearts, while bridging cultures around the world with his signature sound: thunder (the voice), wind (the Native American flute), water (the guitar), and soul (the story).

Bill Miller is an award-winning Native American recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class native flute player. Over the entirety, Miller has produced over a dozen albums, received three GRAMMY® Awards, numerous Native American Music Awards & Association (NAMA) awards (including a “Lifetime Achievement” Award) and led Wisconsin’s La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. He is now touring in support of the history-making album release, Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, on which he performed the title track.

Festival admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors over age 62 and children 8-17, and children under eight are FREE. Festival gates are open daily on August 19 & 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about Bill Miller and the Museum of Indian Culture, please see:

http://billmiller.co/
https://www.facebook.com/BillMillerArts/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbMgIDHRjMk&list=RDC0c2tnceCJg&index=2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-j8nN4ELUI&list=RDC0c2tnceCJg&index=3
http://www.museumofindianculture.org

For more information about the festival, please contact:

Museum of Indian Culture
2825 Fish Hatchery Road
Allentown, PA 18103
Phone: 610-797-2121
Email: [email protected]

07/17/2019

Looking for something to do?

On August 3rd at 10 am the Museum of Indian Culture will be setting up for its annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival. We are seeking volunteers to help set up canopies.

If you are not able to help set up, we could also use a few more volunteers for our food stand, children's activity area, and parking lot during the festival August 17 and 18.

Signing up to volunteer is simple, and also perfect for volunteer groups. Please let us know if you are interested or have questions by contacting Pat Rivera via email at [email protected], or by clicking here to send us a message https://www.museumofindianculture.org/contact-us Thank You!

The Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native American festival, will be back again this August 17th ...
07/16/2019

The Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native American festival, will be back again this August 17th and 18th from 10 am until 6 pm, rain or shine. This festival is a longstanding tradition and cultural experience like no other in the region. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for a weekend of live Native American drumming, singing, dancing, food, artistry, and more https://www.museumofindianculture.org

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07/15/2019

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Museum of Indian Culture Announces                                 39th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, August 17...
06/14/2019

Museum of Indian Culture Announces 39th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival,
August 17-18, 2019

Grammy-winning Native artist Bill Miller headlines a weekend of live music, activities, and food

(Allentown, PA,) The Museum of Indian Culture invites the public to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy its 39th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival Saturday and Sunday, August 17th and 18th, 2019. The Festival celebrates Native American heritage and culture with Native performances of music, dancing, drumming, and singing. Vendors will offer Native crafts and foods, and a hands-on children’s area will allow visitors to learn Native crafting and life skills.

Musical performances include the premier Festival appearance of Bill Miller, three-time Grammy-winning Native recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class native flute player. Miller has produced over a dozen albums; received numerous Native American Music Awards & Association (NAMA) awards, including Lifetime Achievement; and led Wisconsin’s La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. He is now touring in support of the history-making album release, Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, on which he performs the title track.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., both days
Grand Entrance is at 12:00 noon.
Bill Miller performs at 11:00 and 4:00 each day.

Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for children 8-17 and seniors over 62; children under 8 free.

For more info, visit www.museumofindianculture.org

Have you seen our new teepee??? Thanks again Edward Gearheart!
06/07/2019

Have you seen our new teepee??? Thanks again Edward Gearheart!

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06/06/2019

Museum of Indian Culture's cover photo

Teepee progress! Thank you again Ed Gearheart for your time put into this!
05/25/2019

Teepee progress! Thank you again Ed Gearheart for your time put into this!

Ed Gearheart erecting the teepee poles!
05/11/2019

Ed Gearheart erecting the teepee poles!

Ed Gearheart preparing poles for our new teepee coming soon!
05/04/2019

Ed Gearheart preparing poles for our new teepee coming soon!

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01/29/2019
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There’s a Fiber for That!
Saturday, January 26, 2019
10 am - 4 pm

From cattail to dogbane, to rawhide and sinew, Native Americans used a wide variety of fibers for many uses. Whether securing tool heads, making fishnets, sewing wigwam sides, or binding prisoners, there is a fiber for that! On Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., primitive lifeways specialist, Joanne Robson, will demonstrate the techniques used by Woodland Indians for twisting natural fibers into usable string.

Admission includes demonstration and museum tour: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12-17, and children under 12 are free.

For more information, please call the museum at 610-797-2121 or email [email protected]. Also visit our website at museumofindianculture.org.

Address

2825 Fish Hatchery Rd
Allentown, PA
18103

General information

Museum of Indian Culture Open Thurs-Sun 10:00 noon to 4:00 pm Admission: $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Children 12-17, Free to: Members & Children 11 and under *Group educational programs of 10 or more are scheduled outside regular business hours. Please contact the museum for details and pricing at (610) 797-2121.

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Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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(610) 797-2121

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