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One of the images from the <i>"Tsi Nón:we Tewèn:teron"</i> or <i>Where My Home Is</i> exhibit at BluSeed studios in Saranac Lake.
One of the images from the "Tsi Nn:we Tewn:teron" or Where My Home Is exhibit at BluSeed studios in Saranac Lake.

BluSeed exhibit features work by young Mohawk printmakers

A new art exhibit that connects First Nations history and culture in Quebec with a variety of printmaking techniques opens at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake on Friday night. Todd Moe talks with Kahnawake Mohawk artist Martin Loft about the exhibit titled, "Tsi Nn:we Tewn:teron" or Where My Home Is. The show includes a wide range of works on paper created by thirteen young Mohawk artists.  Go to full article
Kateri Tekakwitha shrine in Fonda, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/">Diane Cordell</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>
Kateri Tekakwitha shrine in Fonda, NY. Photo: Diane Cordell, CC some rights reserved

First Native saint "beacon of empowerment"

Catholics across Upstate New York and Canada are celebrating the canonization of a 17th century Mohawk woman. She'll become the first Native American saint in a ceremony this Sunday at the Vatican.

Kateri Tekakwitha (pronounced "gah-deh-LEE de-gah-GWEE-tah") was born in the Mohawk Valley, near what is today Albany. Smallpox killed her parents and partially blinded her when she was six. She fled her village and devoted her life to the Catholic Church at the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve near Montreal. She died when she was just 24 years old.

That church, St. Francis Xavier in Kahnawake, is holding vigils, masses, and other special events throughout the weekend.

Hundreds of faithful are travelling to Rome to witness the canonization in person. Among them is the mother of Darren Bonaparte, a Mohawk historian and author of a book called A Lily Among Thorns: the Mohawk Repatriation of Takeri Tekakwitha.

Bonaparte told David Sommerstein Kateri Tekakwitha's story needs to be seen in its historical context. He says the Dutch and the French were vying for Mohawk lands in the 17th century, spreading smallpox to the native people as they went.  Go to full article

Book review: "Winter with Crows"

In winter, northern peoples gathered around a fire to exchange stories and experiences. Mohawk poet, Peter Blue Cloud, shares his voice on paper, in a new collection of poems, Winter with Crows. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Keepers of the Eastern Door: Mohawk Singers and Dancers

Last week, a group of Mohawk singers and dancers performed at SUNY Plattsburgh. The Keepers of the Eastern Door come from Kahnawake, a small town in Quebec on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. Their performance mingles tradition with the dancers' personal styles. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Kahnawake Mohawks Move Toward Traditional Self-Government

Kahnawake Mohawks near Montreal have taken a first step toward traditional self-government. Last week the tribe unveiled a set of agreements with the Canadian government that it calls the beginning of a new relationship. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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