Ray explains how traditional
headdresses have been used by Native Americans through
the years. Listen
Ray describes how he
treats the black bears in his backyard.
Ray recalls the Boy Scout
troop he organized at Akwesasne and their experiences
Ray retells the old Iroquois
lesson story of the Hermit Thrush.
Fadden was the subject of this June 19, 2000 profile jointly
produced for radio by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York
and North Country Public Radio. Listen
In the 1940s, while teaching
school at the St. Regis Reservation at
Akwesasne, Ray Fadden [Tehanetorens] began to teach
young Mohawks about their own culture. With a group of young
men from the reservation, he traveled to collect information
about Mohawk history and trained them in woodsmanship and
other traditional arts. Many of Fadden's students would become
outstanding leaders of today's Mohawk nation. Fadden later
founded the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota, where an
impressive collection of historical Iroquois artifacts are
exhibited. Especially notable are beaded story belts, created
by Fadden and used by him and his family to retell ancient
myths and lesson stories to visitors. The museum aims to educate
the public and to serve Native Americans by reaffirming traditions.
Fadden has been recognized by many organizations for his energy
and commitment to Native American people and their heritage.
Above: Pictographs drawn by
Ray to explain the Iroquois creation myth, one of series of
pamphlets to teach Indian children about their culture, 1940s.
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