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Cultural Teachings Featured at Summer Programs

 

Glen Swamp, left, supervises some of the teens at the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club as they prepare to form their splints into the baskets. Photo: Derrick Lafrance.

As the kids are taking a break from school, learning about our traditions continues throughout the summer break.

Summer programs at Tsi Snaihne Recreation and the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club began recently and a big component at both places was a look at our culture.

At the Boys & Girls Club in Rooseveltown, Glen Swamp was teaching the teens how to make black ash splint baskets. They started from square one, soaking the black ash splints, to finished products.

The ABGC also made ribbon shirts and skirts, rattles and held classes. They also took a trip to the Visitors Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths.

Vickie Horne telling some stories behind Cornhusk Dolls at the Snye Recreation summer program. Photo: Derrick Lafrance.

In Tsi Snaihne the summer program is run by the Akwesasne Child and Family Services and they also had cultural activities.

Vickie Horne of ACFS was teaching kids how to make cornhusk dolls and while the children were cutting and tying their pieces together, Horne was telling them the story behind the dolls and telling them a few stories and legends.

The peach bowl is part of a sacred ceremony, but a demonstration was held for the summer students and was facilitated by Leland Clute.

Karatoten Lazore taught the summer students how to make medicine pouches and necklaces and they were very interested in the designs and putting them all together. Lazore belongs to the Seven Generation's Sapling to Cedar program and they put on workshops last year for the Akwesasne Boys &Girls Club as well as the Summer 2018 program.

 

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