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2002 - Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers an ash log to loosen strips for basketmaking.
2002 - Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers an ash log to loosen strips for basketmaking.

Remembering Mohawk peacemaker Jake Swamp

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Jake Swamp, Mohawk chief and spiritual leader - planter of peace trees -- died unexpectedly a week ago. He was a public face of traditional Mohawks, opening ceremonies with a prayer in the Mohawk language, and traveling the world to teach about the teachings and issues of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee.

Swamp founded the Tree of Peace Society almost 30 years ago to recover and pass along Mohawk and other tribal culture and philosophy.

We remembered Jake Swamp this morning, with a 2002 archive story set at the society's center in western St. Lawrence County. Martha Foley has more.

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