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Bear Clan Mother, Tewakierahkwa, or "Mama Bear"
Bear Clan Mother, Tewakierahkwa, or "Mama Bear"

Recovering the ancient role of women in Akwesasne

Women are the traditional leaders in Iroquois culture. Their models of government and leadership were seeds for the U.S. Constitution and the women's suffrage movement. But the reservation system, Indian boarding schools, and racism helped weaken the matrilineal connection among the Iroquois people. This weekend, a hundred Iroquois women will convene at a heritage center in Akwesasne. They'll use conversation and sweat lodges, and also Power Point and Facebook, to try to reassert women's traditional roles amidst the fast pace of modern life. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Arts and the healing process

The annual Arts and Healing Retreat for Women has expanded to include two events in the Adirondacks this fall. Todd Moe has a preview.  Go to full article

Arts and healing for women vets

An Adirondack group that combines the arts and healing begins its eleventh season this summer. The annual gathering at Great Camp Sagamore for women with cancer and chronic illness uses music, visual arts, yoga, writing, storytelling and nature walks to help women deal with their disease. Women at the Arts and Healing retreat say the rural setting of Great Camp Sagamore helps them slow down and focus. There are two retreats this year at Camp Sagamore and Piseco Lake. Creative Healing Connections co-founder and storyteller Fran Yardley tells Todd Moe that this year also marks a new chapter; the group is offering a retreat for women veterans dealing with issues from active duty in the first Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam.  Go to full article

Preview: "Due North from NYC"

Creative Spirit Arts Center in Potsdam hosts an exhibition of art by women with only one criteria: the art focuses on any aspect of life "Due North From New York City." It's sponsored by a group called Women in the Arts Foundation, which began in New York City in the early '70s and now includes members across the state and the world. "Due North From New York City" opens this Saturday night with a reception (7 pm). Todd Moe spoke with Ines Sanchez-Ferreira, of Brasher Falls, who came up with the idea for the show, about her life as an artist.  Go to full article

Arts and healing retreat enters 10th season

The Adirondack Arts and Healing Retreat begins its tenth season this summer. The annual gathering at Great Camp Sagamore for women with cancer and chronic illness uses music, visual arts, yoga, writing, storytelling and nature walks to help women deal with their disease. Women at the Arts and Healing retreat say the rural setting of Great Camp Sagamore helps them slow down and focus. There are two retreats this summer, in July and September. Retreat co-founder and storyteller Fran Yardley tells Todd Moe that this year also marks a new chapter; the organization has a new name, "Creative Healing Connections, Inc." and a website. For more information, call Fran at 518-359-9324, or Sagamore at 315-354-5311.  Go to full article
The Diocese of Ogdensburg held its annual Good Friday vigil in Plattsburgh (Photo:  Brian Mann)
The Diocese of Ogdensburg held its annual Good Friday vigil in Plattsburgh (Photo: Brian Mann)

Reporter's Notebook: In Plattsburgh, wrestling with the moralities of abortion and choice

On Friday, roughly 200 Roman Catholic protestors held a vigil outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Plattsburgh. They prayed for an end to legal abortion in America. They were met by some 60 pro-choice demonstrators. The supporters of Planned Parenthood called for the protection of full reproductive rights for women. The confrontation was peaceful, even dignified. The Good Friday vigil has been a tradition for 14 years. But abortion represents one of the deepest fault-lines in American society, with the two sides embracing starkly different moral visions. Brian Mann attended Friday's vigil and he sent this reporter's notebook.  Go to full article
Annie Guay slaps a shot (Photo:  SLU Sports)
Annie Guay slaps a shot (Photo: SLU Sports)

St. Lawrence Saints fight for berth in women's Frozen Four

The women's college hockey season heads into the postseason this weekend, with the country's top teams competing for berths in the Frozen Four. Once again, St. Lawrence University is chasing a national championship. With just two thousand students, St. Lawrence has found a way to compete head-to-head with Ivy League schools, and with big state programs like Wisconsin and Minnesota. But as Brian Mann reports, St. Lawrence is under pressure this season to prove that they can win the big games.  Go to full article

Preview: ?The Vagina Monologues? in Whallonsburg

A group of women in Essex County presents a staged reading of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues" this weekend at the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights (7 pm). Organizers say the show is part of the 10th anniversary kickoff of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Todd Moe talks with coordinator Penelope Mace, of Elizabethtown.  Go to full article
Capterton Tissot will sign copies of her book at TAUNY in Canton this Saturday, noon-2pm
Capterton Tissot will sign copies of her book at TAUNY in Canton this Saturday, noon-2pm

New book explores women?s lives and Adk customs

Artist, writer and historian Caperton Tissot and her husband visited the Adirondacks for nearly 20 years before finally settling in Saranac Lake five years ago to be closer to family. She says she instantly fell in love with local history and culture. Her new book, History Between the Lines, Women's Lives and Saranac Lake Customs, is not about people of great power or privilege. It's filled with ordinary stories that trace what she calls Saranac Lake's "spirit of goodwill" from the mid-19th century to the present. The 16 profiles, based on interviews with women and their families, illustrate the important role women play in carrying on traditions that define the unusual character of a small town. Todd Moe spoke with Capterton Tissot about her book.  Go to full article

Rugby: violence in aid of Irish reconciliation

This week, a women's rugby team from Ireland fought its way to the final round of the 34th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament in Saranac Lake. Members of the Shamrock Sizzlers come mostly from northern Ireland. Brian Mann caught up with two of the Sizzler's team leaders, Corinna Power and Clare Brogan, both from Enniskillen. They said their squad was formed, in part, as a way of bringing Protestant and Roman Catholic women closer together, after decades of violence and suspicion.  Go to full article

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