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Tahawus Lodge highlights six Mohawk artists

September 20, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

AuSABLE FORKS - The Windows Gallery of the Tahawus Lodge Center presents an exhibit designed to capture Mohawk history, art and culture, both past and present, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 12.

The traditional homeland of the Mohawk nation, or Kanienkehaka, extended through parts of New York from the Mohawk River to the mountains of Vermont and southern Quebec. The name "Adirondacks" is an Anglicized version of the Mohawk "ratirontaks," meaning, "They eat bark."

Six artists from Kahnawake, Quebec, and Akwesasne are featured in "Mohawk of the Adirondacks" at Tahawus Lodge Center: Towanna Miller, Ross Montour, Star Horn, Cheyanne Doxtador, Natasha Smoke Santiago and Barbara Little Bear. The painting and drawings utilize mixed media of acrylic, oils, charcoal and natural earth materials. Traditional pots, carved soapstone and bone antlers demonstrate the adaptation of products from the environment. Jewelry and beadwork on "regalia" (distinctive traditional clothing) and "gustowas" (head pieces) show the vibrant colors derived from that same environment.

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In addition, a presentation of traditional Mohawk artifacts will allow viewers to learn about utilitarian products that were used in everyday life and for ceremonies. Included are cradleboards, a corn pounder, horn and turtle rattles, and birchbark, sweetgrass and quill baskets.

The gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday and by appointment. (Call 518-647-2106.)

For more information, try, or 646-734-7151.

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What: Opening reception for "Mohawk of the Adirondacks" art and craft show

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21

Where: Tahawus Lodge Center for Culture and Community, 14234 state Route 9N, AuSable Forks

How much: Free



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