The Noteworthy Indian Museum in Amsterdam, New York, takes one back to the period of the Mohawks, who once thrived in the Mohawk Valley that traverses present-day Eastern and Central New York. Its exhibits and lectures provide a rare insight into the life and lifestyles of the state's original inhabitants. More than 60,000 artifacts pertaining to the Mohawk culture are showcased in the museum. The exhibits include clay pots, stone tools, bead work, weapons, baskets, and ornaments of the medieval periods. A life-size diorama of a Mohawk hunter in traditional attire, a detailed scale model of a Mohawk longhouse, and a map showing the location of the many Indian village sites in central Mohawk Valley, are the pick among the exhibits. A cultural timeline depicts the Mohawk community from 12,000 years ago to the present. Poetry and paintings by contemporary artists add a modern perspective to the tribe’s history. The Noteworthy Indian Museum is situated just east of Route 30 on Route 67, on the corner of Prospect and Church streets. It is just one mile from Exit 27 off the NYS Thruway. The museum is open from June through August. Special arrangements are required to visit during September through June.