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Preview: We Are From Akwesasne

A new interactive traveling exhibit of Mohawk art, artifacts, songs, stories, beliefs and craftmanship opens this weekend at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor. We Are From Akwesasne offers a visual, listening and hands-on experience of Akwesasne artistic and cultural heritage. Exhibit curator and Akwsasne Museum program coordinator Sue Ellen Herne told Todd Moe that the principal advisors for creating the new exhibit were youth from Akwesasne.  Go to full article

An Objection to the "F-word"

As we're told, English is a wonderfully elastic language. It's colorful, inclusive, and in a state of constant change. But some changes are less welcome than others. Commentator Paul Willcott has an issue with the expanding use of a particular bit of profanity.  Go to full article

Tradition and Sociability at Grindstone Island Square Dance

Grindstone Island is a place where the past is quite present. Grindstone is just opposite the St. Lawrence River village of Clayton. It's several miles long, one of the largest of the Thousand Islands. There are no official roads. Folks get around in old jalopies or ATVs. Only 11 people live on Grindstone all winter, but when the weather changes, families who've spent generations of summers there return, and a larger community reassembles. On Saturday nights, the place to be is the big dance at Dodge Hall. Usually it's DJs or rock 'n' roll bands who supply the music. But every once in a while, some fiddlers and callers get together for an old-fashioned square dance. David Sommerstein joined in a couple of weekends ago, and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Napolean and the Festival Queen in Cape Vincent.
Napolean and the Festival Queen in Cape Vincent.

A Cultural Melange at the French Festival

In the early 1600s, French Jesuit priests paddled hundreds of miles up the St. Lawrence River. They settled on the fertile land by the river's source at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. It's estimated a third of today's population in northern Jefferson County is descended from those French settlers. Last weekend, Cape Vincent held its 37th annual French Festival to celebrate that heritage. North Country Public Radio was also celebrating there. It was the grand opening of our new translator in Cape Vincent, reaching listeners at 93.9 FM. David Sommerstein was on hand and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
"Blue Sky" by Frankl Lloyd Wright<br />Source:  Forest Lawn Cemetery
"Blue Sky" by Frankl Lloyd Wright
Source: Forest Lawn Cemetery

In Buffalo, an Artful (and Epxensive) Sort of Death

Buffalo is known for its long association with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Several of his buildings are now being restored. The latest of his designs to be newly built is already on display in the city. Its not a house or a museum -- it's a mausoleum. Buffalo's oldest cemetery is using one of Wright's designs as part of a new marketing campaign, designed to attract upscale funerals. Brian Mann visited recently and has our story.  Go to full article

Remembering Irish Sacrifice on the Rideau Canal

The 47 locks and 18 dams of the Rideau Canal are a giant draw for boaters and tourists in the summer months. The system connects Montreal with Kingston, Ontario via Ottawa. The British built the canal after the War of 1812 to allow boats to travel inland rather than risking a potentially dangerous transit along the border waters of the St. Lawrence River. The project was the largest of its kind in the British Empire at the time, and mostly Irish immigrants worked on it. Hundreds died. On Sunday in Ottawa, Canadian officials will unveil a Celtic Cross memorial in honor of the fallen canal workers. David Sommerstein spoke with Ken Clavette, a member of the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee. He says it's hard to pin down how many people died building the canal system.  Go to full article
The Crystal Restaurant, Watertown. Photo by Martha Cooper
The Crystal Restaurant, Watertown. Photo by Martha Cooper

TAUNY Invites Ideas for Registry of Very Special Places

Every community has its own cultural landmarks -- from diners to lone pine trees -- now North Country folklorists want to hear about them. Martha Foley talks with Jill Breit about Traditional Arts in Upstate New York's Registry of Very Special Places.  Go to full article

A Tribute to Folksinger Pete Seeger on His 85th Birthday

Folksinger and activist Pete Seeger is 85 today--a lot of years and a lot of music and dedication to causes near and far. Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren has this tribute.  Go to full article
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the <i>latke</i> batter.  Below, <i>latkes</i> on the griddle!!
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the latke batter. Below, latkes on the griddle!!

Celebrate Chanukah With NCPR Latkes

Tonight is the first night of the Jewish holiday Chanukah. We start celebrations a little early this year by cooking latkes, Chanukah's most typical food. NCPR's Ellen Rocco and Martha Foley make them live in the NCPR kitchen.

Potato Latke Recipe:

8 lg. potatoes (Idaho baking potatoes not recommended)
2 eggs
1 lg. onion
2 tsp. salt
2 T flour
pepper to taste
lots of cooking oil

Grate potatoes; mince onion (finely or coarsely, depending on preference). Add egg, salt, pepper, and flour. Drain mixture to remove water. Fry in hot oil until crisp on edges. Drain on paper towels or eat right away!  Go to full article

State to Return Mohawk Wampum Belt

The State Museum in Albany will return a more than 200 year-old wampum belt to the Akwesasne Mohawks. The Board of Regents, which oversees the museum, approved the move yesterday. The artifact may document a founding moment in the history of the Mohawk community that straddles the international border near Massena. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

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