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Akwesasne Cultural Center Hosts First Make a Craft Fair


December 14, 2017

Wabigonikwe Tenasco-Cook teaching how to make baby moccasins. (L to R) Wabigonikwe Tenasco-Cook, Charity "Brad" Lazore and Ashley Tarbell.

The Akwesasne Cultural Center held their first 'Make a Craft Fair' this past Thursday, December 7th from 1pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm. There were several different stations to make different crafts. The event was open to the community, no sign up needed. Everything was free of charge with the hope that community members would come out and try their hand at a craft, and give a little a feedback on how the Cultural Center could improve its services and future classes.

Sue Ellen Herne, Program Coordinator for the Akwesasne Cultural Center stated, "Cultural Center staff asked participants for their ideas on how to increase the welcoming atmosphere of the facility, and how to rethink the use of space in the building to strengthen cultural activities and create stronger knowledge of Mohawk history and culture. Community input on these topics are welcome and input at this event will help to prioritize changes in the center in the coming year.

This is part of an "Akwesasne Cultural Center Revitalization Project" funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Native American/ Native Hawaiian Grant. Class Instructor fees and supplies were provided by New York State Council on the Arts."

The event consisted of different teachers and speakers teaching community members who attended about the different relative subject pertaining to the crafts being made. This was the first event of its kind, with hopes of doing more in the future.

The day consisted of:

1:00 – 4:00

Baby moccasins – Wabigonikwe Tenasco-Cook

Elisha King instructing Sue Ellen Herne on how to make a finger-woven bracelet. (L to R) Elisha King, Sue Ellen Herne and Baby Ezra Peters.

Simple Felt Ornament- Charity "Brad" Lazore

Simple Pouches and traditional healing discussion – Angie Barnes

Rock Painting – Victoria Ransom

Finger-woven bracelets – Elisha King

Baskets- Angello Johnson of Good Mind Design

6:00 – 8:00

Rock Painting – Crystal Henry

Flying Geese Bag – Sheree Bonaparte

Baskets – Angello Johnson of Good Mind Design

Black Ash & Sweetgrass Turtles – Linda Jackson


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