TUPPER LAKE - The Wild Center will host "Mohawk Legends and Tales" at 1 p.m. Sunday in the main theater.
Artist and storyteller David Kanietakeron Fadden from the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota will present traditional Mohawk stories that have been passed from generation to generation. These stories, often centered on different animals, offer young people a chance to look at the world around them in new ways.
Following the presentation, The Wild Center will offer a chance to meet some of its resident animals featured in the stories.
Fadden was born in Lake Placid and raised in Onchiota, and graduated from the Saranac Lake Central School District, where he received recognition for his art. He attended North Country Community College in Saranac Lake.
In conjunction with formal art training experienced within the educational system, he has learned technical skills, artistic insight and other appropriate knowledge from his parents: John Fadden, educator, illustrator and painter; and Elizabeth Eva Fadden, wood sculptor and potter.
His particular area of expertise, in respect to creating images of Native Americans, has been nurtured by learning from his paternal grandfather, Ray Fadden, designer, author, and founder of the Six Nations Indian Museum of Onchiota.
David's work has appeared in publications such as Akwesasne Notes, Indian Time, and the Northeast Indian Quarterly. Examples of his work have appeared in various publications emanating from the Six Nations Indian Museum. His work has been exhibited in Albany, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Centre Strathearn in Montreal, Quebec, the Unison Arts & Learning Center in New Paltz and the Cornwall Regional Art Gallery in Cornwall Ontario. Illustrations reflecting Native American legends, resulting from the artful pen of David Fadden, are seen in Fulcrum Publishing's "Keepers of the Animals," "Keepers of Night & Native American Animal Stories," "Keepers of Life," New England Press's "Cave of Falling Water," Boyds Mills Press, subsidiary of Highlights Company, "Sleep Rhymes Around the World," an internationally syndicated newspaper story entitled "The Black Squirrel" put together by Breakfast Serials and a 40 book series entitled the Native Americans produced by ABDO Publishing. His work has also appeared in "How The West Was Lost: Always The Enemy," produced by Gannett Production which appeared on the Discovery Channel. His work can be seen at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
David's latest work is a picture book entitled "When the Shadbush Blooms," published by Tricycle Press.