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Henry Jake Arquette. Photo courtesy TAUNY Archives/Martha Cooper
Henry Jake Arquette. Photo courtesy TAUNY Archives/Martha Cooper

Mohawk basketmaker receives highest NEA honor

Mohawk basket maker Henry Jake Arquette has won the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, a 2014 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arquette specializes in the ash-splint utility baskets traditionally made by the Akwesasne Mohawks: packbaskets, laundry and picnic baskets, baskets for washing corn and "wedding" baskets.  Go to full article
A few of the many homemade ornamental fish at Woody's Bait and Tackle on Wellesley Island.  "There's no two fish alike. Guaranteed, " says Woody. Photo: Todd Moe
A few of the many homemade ornamental fish at Woody's Bait and Tackle on Wellesley Island. "There's no two fish alike. Guaranteed, " says Woody. Photo: Todd Moe

On Wellesley island, some fish are just for decoration

If you plan to go fishing on the St. Lawrence River this summer, near Wellesley Island, chances are you might buy your tackle from Lloyd Wood, or Woody. He's run a little bait and tackle shop on the Cross Island Road for more than 20 years.

But he's also known for his folk art, turning plastic soda bottles into ornamental fish that sway in the breeze around his shop. Todd Moe stopped by Woody's Bait and Tackle for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Maria, age 17, as the process begins
Maria, age 17, as the process begins

Before The Prom, The Coiffure

This is high school prom season in the North Country. "Prom" is an important ritual for many girls and their moms - an opportunity to indulge in fashion and glamour. Despite counter-trends toward grunge, Goth or gowns made of duct tape -- the night demands a lovely dress, fresh flowers, and great hair. Prom hair can be a sort of folk art when practiced by the best and most experienced stylists. Brian Mann went behind the chair at a Saranac Lake salon for our story.  Go to full article

Amish Quilts Take Center Stage in Sackets Harbor

Todd Moe talks with St. Lawrence University English professor and quilting expert Susan Ward.  Go to full article

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