August 02, 2018, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, (ADKX) is pleased to announce the first annual Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market, August 25-26, 10am-5pm with general admission.
The Art Market is the joint effort of the museum in collaboration with the Akwesasne Cultural Center and the Abenaki Cultural Preservation Corporation. The 2018 Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market features master and emerging Indigenous artists from the Mohawk communities of Akwesasne (located where Ontario, Quebec, and New York State intersect on the map) and Kahnawake (located adjacent to the city of Montreal).
Visitors can explore their rich cultural heritage, artistic inspirations, and modern adaptations through a wide range of art-forms and creativity. Traditional and contemporary art will be available for sale including basketry, painting and drawing, beadwork & quillwork, photography, textiles, pottery, jewelry, and mixed media. Traditional Mohawk music and dance will be played throughout the fair.
Artists: Carrie Hill, Niio Perkins, & Babe and Carla Hemlock
Schedule of Events*
Saturday, August 25
10:00am – 5:00pm Artist’s Booths Open
11:00am – Akwesasne Women Singers Native North American College Travel Troupe
12:00pm – Babe & Carla Hemlock presentation in a Peopled Wilderness gallery, Life in the Adirondacks exhibition
2:00pm – Akwesasne Women Singers
Sunday, August 26
10:00am – 5:00pm – Artist’s Booths Open
11:00am – Garrow Hill acoustic duo
12:00pm – Native North American College Travel Troupe
1:00pm – Garrow Hill acoustic duo
* Schedule subject to change.
Babe and Carla Hemlock, featured artists, display in Life in the Adirondacks
Babe and Carla Hemlock are Mohawk artists from Kahnawake Mohawk Nation Territory near Montreal. Babe specializes in woodcarving, and Carla focuses on textile artists. They will show select pieces and present at 1:00 pm on their piece, So Be It Our Minds, a carved and painted cradleboard with quilt that was recently added to the Adirondack Experience’s permanent collection.
Kay Lynn Adams
Zumpano Vanessa Myra David
Glenn Jr Hill
Natasha Smoke Santiago
Akwesasne Women Singers
Kontiwennenhá:wi hail from Ahkwesahsne, a Kanien’kehá:ka Territory that straddles the St. Lawrence River and incorporates portions of northern New York and southern Ontario and Quebec. In Ahkwesahsne, as in other Kanien’kehá:ka communities, women’s singing societies have always functioned to help community members in time of need. When Kontiwennenhá:wi performs outside of their community, they do not call themselves a singing society. That title is reserved for their work within their Territory and other Haudenosaunee communities. But they continue many of the same functions: the funds their performances generate are always directed back toward their community. While men and women sometimes have different singing repertoires and their songs serve different functions, women always take care to learn the men’s songs as well, so that the Mohawk way of life can be preserved even in times of crisis. In the spirit of this traditional role, Kontiwennenhá:wi, the Carriers of the Words, have embraced the “duty to help our language survive…. We believe that if our language dies, so will we as a Nation. Without our language, we will have no culture. “We proudly share our songs and teach children so that we may honor everything that is natural to us. Through our songs, we honor our Mother the Earth, our Grandmother the Moon, our Grandparents from every generation, the teachers of the Mohawk language, the Great Law of Peace, and more.”
Native North American College Traveling Troupe
The Native North American College’s Cultural Educators spread awareness of Native American culture using traditional singing, dancing and storytelling. They have traveled the world breaking stereotypes and expressing the diversity in culture and practices of Indigenous people. From a Mohawk perspective, you will be immersed in Iroquois life and traditions. Songs and dances are designed to be interactive and kept simple so sharing is fun and easy. Our ancestral teachings of the Haudenosaunee are ideal for everyone and focus on strengthening the human bonds between us all.
Garrow Hill Acoustic Duo
Garrow Hill an acoustic duo that is comprised of Bryan “the Bluesman” Garrow and Glenn Hill. Join them while they share a blue side of North Country roots music. “We all know these songs, growing up listening to them, or hearing them in the background” The acoustic side allows for a different listening experience. Their approach & how the dynamics of a song get interpreted are a welcome surprise.