Six Nations Indian Museum - Onchiota, NY

Six Nations Indian Musuem
  • What: Family-owned museum of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history and culture
  • Where: 1462 County Route 60 / Onchiota, NY 12989 Turn toward Onchiota off route 86 in Gabriels. Follow the Buck Pond Campsite signs, go past the campsite ½ mile east to Onchiota, continue one mile east to the museum. Franklin County
  • When: 1954 - Present
  • Contact: This site is privately owned and operated by the Fadden family. It is open to the public July 1 through Labor Day, closed Mondays. Call ahead for times or for group tours. A modest admission fee is charged.
  • Phone: 518-891-2299
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Itís hard to find but worth the trip. A few miles from the hamlet of Onchiota which is a few miles from Route 30 in Gabriels, a simple rectangular building right next to the road is the home of one of the finest collections of Iroquois artifacts and contemporary Mohawk artwork to be found anywhere. Created by Ray Fadden, a committed teacher and student of Iroquois culture, on his family property, the building is deceptive, for it actually is a replica of a typical longhouse, the community religious and social center of Mohawk traditions. Mr. Fadden and his wife Christine, their son John and wife Eva and their sons have maintained this private, family-owned-and operated museum since its founding. Inside the museum you will see a variety of baskets, headdresses, garments, pottery, silver work, and amazing beadwork. Most important, you will have an opportunity for a personal interpretive tour of the whole museum, including interesting woodlands exhibits adjacent to the main building, given by John or some other family member.

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Ray and Christine Fadden 1n 1993 outside their Six Nations Museum, built like a traditional longhouse

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Ray Fadden in 1993 with a beaded storybelt which he created as a teaching device for telling ancient stories to museum visitors

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Some artifacts of modern Native American life, with pictographs created by Ray Fadden to illustrate ancient Iroquois mythology


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An outbuilding on the museum grounds, sided with white birch bark

Six Nations Indian Museum

An exhibit on the grounds of the museum to teach about skills native people learned to live in the woods

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Illustrations by John Fadden, an accomplished Mohawk artist, for the family museum brochure