Labor Day means it's Iroquois Indian Festival time


The Iroquois Indian Museum will continue its year-long focus on tattoos with contests, temporary tats, and the exhibit "IndianInk: Iroquois & the Art of Tattoos," this Saturday and Sunday at the 32nd Iroquois Indian Festival.
The event will run from 10am-6pm both days and will also feature an all-Iroquois Indian Art Market, Iroquois social dances and stories, and a children's tent with arts and crafts, including beadwork and corn husk dolls.
There will be a wilderness skills presentation by Barry Keegan, a tools of the hunt talk with Museum Educator Mike Tarbell, and wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will be on hand with a variety of wild animals, including birds of prey.
The Museum's Archaeology Department will be available to help identify archaeological finds and to demonstrate flintknapping and other early technologies.
Saturday at 2pm there will be a tattoo contest with winners chosen by audience feedback in three categories: Best male, best female, and best of show.
For those too timid for permanent ink, Mohawk artist Peter Tehkaraiasareh Abraham Loran will be creating free temporary airbrush tattoos for visitors both Saturday and Sunday.
The Sky Dancers of Six Nations will perform-and invite audience members out onto the dance floor-at noon and 4pm on Saturday and noon and 2pm on Sunday, and Kay Olan will tell traditional Iroquois stories at 1pm both days.
Refreshments will be on sale throughout the festival.
There is an admission charge.
For more information call 296-8949 or go to