Colette Lemmon, Iroquois Indian Museum

Colette Lemmon is the Curator of Exhibitions at the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY. Last year she curated Tonto, Teepees & Totem Poles: Considering Native American Stereotypes in the 21st Century, an exhibition that boldly addressed the perception of North American Indigenous peoples in the public consciousness as well as within Haudenosaunee communities themselves. In this interview, she spoke with HMM correspondent Petra Höller about her role at the museum, the importance of addressing Indigenous stereotypes, a handful of contemporary artists to keep on your radar, and much more.

The current exhibition, Treasured Traditions: A Statement of Place, is on display until November 30th, 2019. There will be opening reception on October 12th, 2019 for the exhibition Women of Influence: Each Block a Story, featuring the collaborative textile and beading work of 42 women artists honouring role models of resilience and healing. Also be sure to check out the upcoming 38th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival on Labour Day Weekend, Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st. To find out more about exhibitions and programming at the Iroquois Indian Museum, visit their website at