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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05/30/2020

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Happy Memorial Day weekend and a big a THANK YOU to all who served and all those that lost their lives in the armed forc...
05/25/2020

Happy Memorial Day weekend and a big a THANK YOU to all who served and all those that lost their lives in the armed forces! At the museum we have a one of kind exhibit highlighting the numerous Native Americans who put their lives on the line for this country for the past 200+ years. Come check it out when we reopen! #happymemorialday

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05/24/2020

We love Bill Miller, and now you can enjoy him from the comfort of your home a little later today!

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Join me today at 4pm cst for a special performance I’m calling “Instruments of Peace” - I’m really looking forward to sharing my spirit through my flutes today! I hope you can join me here on Facebook Live. If you are a player please feel free to play along with me on your flutes and percussion. I won’t be able to hear you, but you will bless me and I will bless you!!

Thanks so much,
Bill

05/23/2020

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Q: Can you name the state that this rare wooden mortar was found? It is made of oak dating from 1750-1790, and is currently on display in the Museum’s Eastern Woodland room!

A: The answer is RHODE ISLAND! This was found in a body of water, and to preserve the mortar it was dried and chemically preserved. A vast majority of Eastern Woodland mortars were made of wood, reason being that they were easier to make and eliminated stone grit in the food!

While the Museum is still closed due to COVID-19, the Lehigh Parkway is open and visitors can appreciate the beauty of s...
05/17/2020

While the Museum is still closed due to COVID-19, the Lehigh Parkway is open and visitors can appreciate the beauty of some of our outdoor structures as well as the local wildlife! #museumofindianculture

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05/12/2020
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05/09/2020
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The Museum of Indian Culture is committed to ensuring the safety of our community, and has remained closed until further notice in compliance with the COVID-19 mandates.

But as a small non-profit museum, we rely on our income from visitors and public events to sustain the museum's operation, so this COVID-19 closure has been devastating to us. We will need our community and dedicated followers to help us survive this pandemic.

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We sincerely thank you for any support you can give us during this difficult time. We are looking forward to the day we can safely reopen to the public and continue to offer educational services to our community.

05/01/2020

As April ends for National Volunteer Appreciation Month, it feels that we should all continue the appreciation at this uncertain time. As a volunteer based non-profit volunteers are the lifeblood to keeping the museum and mission alive. To our festival and museum volunteers - “Thank You.” You keep the mission going. To all the board members- “Thank you for your time and talent as well as support and laughter.” To Pat Rivera, Executive Director - “You are amazing. Thank you for your passion, heart, and soul that keeps the museum a great place to volunteer at.” Happy Volunteer Appreciation! We look forward to seeing our volunteers again soon!

Talk about a puzzle during quarantine! How many different types of pottery can you identify?
03/29/2020

Talk about a puzzle during quarantine! How many different types of pottery can you identify?

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03/27/2020
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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915)Widely acknowledged as the first Native American to earn a med...
03/24/2020

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915)

Widely acknowledged as the first Native American to earn a medical degree, Susan La Flesche Picotte also campaigned for public health and for the legal allotment of land to members of the Omaha tribe.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010) was a Cherokee activist, social worker, community developer and the fi...
03/22/2020

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010) was a Cherokee activist, social worker, community developer and the first woman elected to serve as Principle Chief of the Cherokee Nation. She was a tireless advocate working to improve the image of Native Americans and diligently worked to combat the misappropriation of native heritage.

Visitors to the museum recently got a special treat with a Molly of Denali character for photo ops and an exclusive scre...
03/18/2020
Molly of Denali . Activities | PBS KIDS

Visitors to the museum recently got a special treat with a Molly of Denali character for photo ops and an exclusive screener thanks to Lehigh Valley Public Media (PBS39).
Spend some time with your little ones this week with these fun crafts and activities. Found at https://pbskids.org/molly/activities. When we reopen, come by with family and friends to learn and have a fun outing in a scenic setting.

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03/18/2020
'Molly of Denali,' about an Athabascan girl in Alaska, premieres on PBS Kids

Visitors to the museum recently got a special treat with a Molly of Denali character for photo ops and an exclusive screener thanks to Lehigh Valley Public Media (PBS39).Tune into PBS or watch an episode at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXTjRliNcEA/. Great way to spend time at home.

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03/17/2020

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Museum of Indian Culture staff had a wonderful time meeting with Delaware Nation in Anadarko, Oklahoma the past few days...
03/05/2020

Museum of Indian Culture staff had a wonderful time meeting with Delaware Nation in Anadarko, Oklahoma the past few days! Wanishi!

02/28/2020

Drumming Workshops at the Museum of Indian Culture are sold-out. We are no longer accepting reservations for the upcoming drumming workshops this Saturday. Thank you to all who sign-up!

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02/27/2020
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SOLD OUT - Drumming Workshops, this Saturday, February 29th.
02/24/2020

SOLD OUT - Drumming Workshops, this Saturday, February 29th.

Membership enrollment is open! Explore the benefits and become a member of the Museum of Indian Culture. Your membership...
02/23/2020
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Membership enrollment is open! Explore the benefits and become a member of the Museum of Indian Culture. Your membership supports our on-going mission to provide quality education to the community about Native Americans through our exhibits, festivals, programs and special events.

Enjoy a free one-year museum admission, unlimited access to the Clair A. Carbonell Native American Research Library, free admission to our Roasting Ears of Corn Festival and so much more! For info on signing up and a full list of benefits, please visit https://www.museumofindianculture.org/membership

Your membership supports our on-going mission to provide quality education to the community about Native Americans through our exhibits, festivals, programs and special events.

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02/07/2020

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The Museum of Indian Culture presents“THE GREAT NATIVE AMERICAN TOOLKIT”                                                ...
02/07/2020

The Museum of Indian Culture presents

“THE GREAT NATIVE AMERICAN TOOLKIT”

Featuring prehistoric stone tools and pottery used by the ancient Mississippian (Mound Builder) cultures, Northeastern Woodland Lenape / Delaware / Iroquois, and Anasazi / Pueblo of the Southwest, and ancient bone fishing tools carved by Alaskan Natives.

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.

Museum hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children 12-17 and seniors over 62, and children under 12 are free.

Museum of Indian Culture
2825 Fish Hatchery Road
Allentown, Pa 18103
610-797-2121

Historic Map arrives at the Delaware Nation in Oklahoma in honor of the opening of the new Historic Preservation Office,...
01/23/2020

Historic Map arrives at the Delaware Nation in Oklahoma in honor of the opening of the new Historic Preservation Office, at the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown, PA,

ANADARKO, OK (January 17, 2020) -- A significant piece of Delaware Nation’s history was welcomed with ceremony and prayer on Friday, January 17th at 10:30am at the Cultural Preservation building in Anadarko. Linda Poolaw, along with tribal citizens, welcomed the map with smoking cedar, song and prayer to ask the creator to bless this piece of history and to protect it for many generations to come.

In honor of the opening of our new Historic Preservation Office in Allentown, PA, Tuesday January 14th at 6pm, Barton Cartwright, Delaware Nation citizen, presented President Deborah Dotson with a historical map. The map displays the Philadelphia region known as Coaquannock, “Grove of Tall Pines” as first seen by the white man and confirms the existence of the Delaware people before contact. President Deborah Dotson and Information Technology Director Joshua Farley safely delivered the map all the way from Yardley, PA so it could be carefully preserved and displayed in Anadarko.

We would like to thank Mr. Cartwright for donating the map to Delaware Nation and a special Thank You to Linda Poolaw and the tribal citizens for attending the welcoming ceremony. Wanìshi!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Delaware Nation Historic Preservation Office at the Museum of Indian Cultu...
01/18/2020
Delaware Nation Opens New Historic Preservation Office - Delaware Nation

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Delaware Nation Historic Preservation Office at the Museum of Indian Culture

Delaware Nation is pleased to announce that our Historic Preservation Office will be extending to Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown added an additional service that will now be offering with the opening of a Historic Preservation Office in partnership with Delaware N...

Hi Friends, the Museum of Indian Culture's 40th annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival date is set for August 15 and 16, ...
01/11/2020

Hi Friends, the Museum of Indian Culture's 40th annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival date is set for August 15 and 16, 2020.

We are excited to have award-winning artist Joanne Shenandoah perform both days of the event. We will be offering again day money for the first qualified 30 dancers each day of the festival. We are now accepting Vendor applications. Both dancer registration and vendor application forms are available at https://www.museumofindianculture.org/roasting-ears-of-corn-festival. For more information please email [email protected] or contact Pat Rivera at 610-797-2121

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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.

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.

Opening Hours

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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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 38 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. The Museum offers guided tours Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am – 4 p.m. During summer months June 1 thru Labor Day, the Museum’s hours are extending to Thursday through Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm, Admission Fee: $5 Adults; $4 Seniors (age 65); $4 Children ages 12 and over; Children 11 and under Free; Members Free Our 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. $10 Adults, $5 Seniors & Children 8 – 12, Kids 7 and under & Members free

MUSEUM CURRENT FEATURED EXHIBITS: “WARRIOR SPIRIT”

“Warrior Spirit: Journey of the Native American Warrior,” honors a long tradition and largely unknown participation of native peoples in the U.S. military. Since the Revolutionary War, Native Americans have served in every major conflict and at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.

The spirit of the Native American warrior is deeply rooted in culture and tradition. “Warrior Spirit: Journey of the Native American Warrior” chronicles the history of native participation in the U.S. military amidst wars fought on a land that once was theirs and also abroad. This 200-year history is told through pictures, stories of heroism, and wartime relics, including 1940’s field radios used during WWII by Navajo Code Talkers who used their once forbidden language to help save this nation “KACHINAS: SPIRIT DOLLS OF THE HOPI”

“Kachinas: Spirit Dolls of the Hopi” features over 50 hand-carved and hand-painted wooden figures based on Hopi kachinas. Carved by George Melloy, a retired Bethlehem Steel Metallurgical Engineer, the sculptures reproduce with stunning color and historical accuracy the full round of Hopi ceremonies, including the Bean Dance ceremony and the Winter Solstice ceremony. Visit us and learn the fascinating history of Hopi kachinas and their pivotal role in Pueblo Indian cultures. "THE GREAT NATIVE AMERICAN TOOLKIT" - This exhibit features prehistoric stone tools and pottery used by the ancient Mississippian (Mound Builder) cultures, Northeastern Woodland Lenape / Delaware / Iroquois, and Anasazi / Pueblo of the Southwest, and ancient bone fishing tools carved by Alaskan Natives. 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.

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Rosting Ears of Corn Festival Pow Wow
Rosting Ears of Corn Festival Pow Wow
Are you still holding the Native American Heritage Day for kids this Saturday?
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COME SEE SPIRIT FIRE ART!!! WWW.SPIRITFIREART.COM 2018 Labor Day Kipona Festival and Powwow It’s time for the 102nd Annual Labor Day Kipona Festival and Powwow on September 1-3, 2018 along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The festival gets its name, ‘Kipona’, from the American Indian name that means ‘Sparkling Waters’. The centerpiece of the annual Kipona Festival, the Native American Pow-Wow will feature singing, dancing and a celebration of the Native American culture. Craft vendors will also be available. Harrisburg’s Kipona Festival, held each year over Labor Day weekend, is ranked one of the top five in Pennsylvania. Join us to celebrate over 100 years of fun, food and festivals. The Labor Day Kipona Festival and Powwow will feature: Food vendors Two entertainment stages featuring live music and one children’s stage Native American Pow Wow Children’s village with carnival games, bounce house, caricature, artists, face painting, arts and crafts, Art vendors
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