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1. Scratched Style Eggs (margučiai) by Angela Dziakonas. Photo by Marion Faller, 1992. Courtesy of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Folk Arts Collection. Notes from Edward Y. Millar, Curator of Folk Arts:

The Castellani Folk Arts Program has a number of photos by Marion Faller in the collection -- from the early 90s. I think this photo is great in that it is very vibrant and reflective of the Eastern European presence in Western New York (Polish and Ukrainian are largest, but there is also a sizeable Balkan population).

2. Niagara River and Gorge, Lewiston. Photo by Edward Y. Millar, Curator of Folk Arts, Castellani Art Museum. Ed's notes:

This photo is of the Niagara River in what is called the "Lower River" area -- this is the part north of/after Niagara Falls, as it flows north through to Lake Ontario (there's a lot of wonderful hiking along the gorge). This photo is from town I live in, Lewiston. On the left shore is the US, and on the right shore is Canada. This area has associations with the War of 1812 (because of proximity to Canada and forts in the area) and the underground railroad. Fruits like peaches, and also a lot of wineries can be found in this area. The river is incredibly beautiful but very powerful and can be very dangerous too, especially the closer you get to the falls and the rapids and the whirlpool.

3. Women Smoke Dancers at Tuscarora Field Day Picnic, July, 2017 wearing beadwork regalia. Photo by Christine Zinni, Ph.D, videographer and New York State Folk Arts Consultant. Along with dances honoring Skywoman and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Creation Story, women and men's Smoke dance competitions take place annually on the Tuscarora Reservation near Niagara Falls.

4. Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo. Photo by Joe Cascio. Courtesy of Visit Buffalo Niagara and Joe Cascio.

5. Wilkeson Pointe. Photo by Ed Healy. Courtesy of Visit Buffalo Niagara and Ed Healy.

6. Beaded pincushion with image of Niagara Falls, by Marlene Printup. Tuscarora Raised Beadwork. Courtesy of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University Folk Arts Collection. Ed's notes:

Marlene Printup is a Cayuga beadworker who lives on Tuscarora Nation. Her daughter and granddaughter and great-granddaughter all are beadworkers as well. This style of beadwork with the "date" and name of Niagara Falls, and the Victorian pin-cushion shape relates to a style referred to as the "whimsy." Tuscarora Beadwork had a long presence also in the souvenir cottage industry in Niagara Falls -- selling mostly on Goat Island. Because of matching the sensibilities and aesthetics of tourists to Niagara Falls at the time, it has a Victorian aesthetic fused with Tuscarora-style beadwork. Tuscarora beadworkers are still renowned for the intricacies of their beadwork among the Six Nations, and it remains commonly practiced. Kate Koperski, Castellani director, worked extensively with Tuscarora beadworkers for a long time.


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