The Oneida Nation Museum received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2011. This grant enabled the Museum to arrange for the conservation of one of our most unique items, a life size figure made of braided corn husks.
The Museum purchased the Corn Husk Man from the Turtle Museum in Niagara Falls, New York in 1995. However, due to structural issues, the Oneida Museum has never been able to exhibit the piece.
In May of 2012, the corn husk man was taken to the Midwest Arts Conservation Center (MACC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conservation work was completed in January 2013. Therefore, the Museum is able to display the Corn Husk Man for the first time. The exhibit explains the processes used to repair, readjust and stabilize the object from the conservator’s perspective.
The Corn Husk Man was made by Irvin Chrisjohn, an Oneida artist from Southwold, Ontario, Canada. The piece only took 6 months to make and was completed in 1985.