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Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter Visits Iohahi:io


Submitted by Crystal Delormier-Bay

Iohahi:io welcomed a special guest on October 25, 2018. Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter was invited to speak to the Multiculturalism and Mohawk Language students of the Mental Wellness and Addictions Program. The day was also shared with all Iohahi:io students and staff. Mr. Porter spent his day sharing his knowledge on the history of Kanien'kehaka people, touching on subjects such as Matrilineal roles, ceremonies like Ohkiwe (Ceremony for the Dead), the Great Law, and White Corn just to name a few.

For the second half of Tom Porter's presentation, he demonstrated a hands-on experience making Kana'tarohkon:we (Corn Bread) with the white corn that he washed and grounded himself. Some students were eager to learn and make corn bread that was shared with all. A huge niawenko:wa to the kitchen staff, Sharon Rourke-Phillips and Char Lafrance for preparing corn soup and frybread and also for sharing the kitchen to prepare the cornbread.

Tom Porter ended the day signing his book, "And Grandma Said," which were gifted to the MWA Students. The Iohahi:io staff and students enjoyed having Mr. Porter as a guest and we look forward to inviting him back for future presentations.


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