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From the Vault: Chris Shaw on The Folk Show

Adirondack folksinger and storyteller Chris Shaw grew up on Lake George, in part aboard the 80-foot mahogany steamboat Sayonara captained by his father. He shared songs and stories with Jackie Sauter on The Folk Show in 1994.  Go to full article

Fractured Family

Illegal gambling casinos flourished on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation in the 1980s. But the issue of gambling and how it fit into Mohawk traditions and laws, and state and federal law, deeply divided the community there.
Two hundred New York State Police officers raided the casinos in mid-July 1989. They blockaded the reservation, restricting traffic on and off the reserve.
An armed ad hoc Mohawk security force, the Warrior Society, emerged.
Gunfire became common, directed at the power supply of a casino, or at the patrol car of police known to oppose gambling. Within months, most of the gambling halls were open again. Under an agreement worked out between tribal leaders, the Warriors and Gov. Mario Cuomo, state police didn't venture onto Mohawk territory without checking in with the Warrior Society.
The bitter dispute continued. It came to a head in May of 1990, when gunfire killed two Mohawks, bringing New York and Canadian police onto the territory en masse.
In early 1990, North Country Public Radio aired an hour long documentary we called "The Fractured Family: Gambling at Akwesasne," after extensive interviews and research inside and outside the Mohawk community, and its traditional and non-traditional factions. The Fractured Family was written and produced by Pat McKeown and Martha Foley. Production engineer was Beverly Hickman.  Go to full article
<i>The Toymaker</i>, Grady Myers, pen and ink, 1977. From the Vietnam Veterans Arts Group Collection.

From the Vault: Don't Look for Me in the Picture Show

Don't Look for Me in the Picture Show is a documentary about the Vietnam War era and the role of art in the process of reconciliation and remembrance. Hosted by Elizabeth Kahn, the program draws material from the 1987 Steinman Festival, "Art in the Vietnam Era," held at St. Lawrence University in Canton NY. Produced by Beverly Hickman, Elizabeth Kahn, Jackie Sauter, and Ellen Rocco; it received honorable mention in the Gabriel Awards for 1990.  Go to full article

Labor Day 1987 Milk Dump

North Country farmers dumped milk to protest low milk prices fifteen years ago, on Labor Day, 1987. Dumping is the ultimate step for the farmer who has raised the cow, kept...  Go to full article

Sweetgrass Baskets

Martha Foley followed the scent of sweetgrass to find a group of Mohawk women making baskets at the 1987 North Country Folklife Festival in Massena.  Go to full article
Refugee children at Fort Ontario, 1944. Photo: National Archives.

Haven From the Holocaust

A one-hour documentary about the only refugee camp established during WW II on U.S. soil for people fleeing Nazi persecution. The camp was based at the old Fort Ontario site...  Go to full article
Portrait of Helen Hosmer by Juan Martinez

Helen M. Hosmer: An audio biography

Dr. Helen M Hosmer, Dean Emerita of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, retired in 1966 after 44 years at the school. Among the forefront of music educators in the...  Go to full article

From the Vault: Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang live at Django's

Chicago blues legend Eddie Shaw and his band, the Wolf Gang, made regular North Country appearances in the late 70s and early 80s. NCPR's Josh Sacco recorded them live at the...  Go to full article
The Rolling Clones vamping on the moon. Photo collage by Paul Davison.

The Vault: The Rolling Clones in concert at ATO Fraternity

Recorded at ATO Fraternity, St. Lawrence University, Canton NY, on April 3, 1982, this concert aired on NCPR's North Country Music show, hosted by Josh Sacco.
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Flying Wedge was a regular at St. Lawrence Valley music venues such as The Wild Oat in Potsdam.

From the Vault: Flying Wedge Live, 1981

In these live recordings done in part by Brian Zolner at The Proteus 9 Studio in Canton and Josh Sacco at the Hut in Colton and SLU's ATO fraternity, host Felicia Otero talks...  Go to full article

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