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Native American Museum of Art

Located within the Tuscarora Reservation, the Native American Museum of Art land is a priceless treasury of Iroquois culture and traditions. This unique art museum is an easily overlooked gem sitting smack-dab in the middle of Smokin’ Joe’s Trading Post, a Native-owned pit stop known for its cheap gas and tobacco, about 10 minutes from downtown Niagara Falls.

The museum, known as NAMA, was founded in 2000 by members of the Tuscarora tribe. The Tuscarora are part of the Six Nations Iroquois alliance that once inhabited much of present-day New York, and counts the Mohawk and Seneca among members. Much of that territory shifted, morphed, shrunk, and evaporated over the centuries. But Iroquois today thrive across western New York, and Native American culture anchors the iconography of Niagara Falls.

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