It’s our Birthday!
In 1971, a group of concerned community members came together with the hope that the Cultural Center would be a way to preserve the Mohawk culture and educate future generations.
Today, the Cultural Center is still going strong. The Library has the largest Native Collection in Northern New York, with many books written by and about the Haudenoshaunee. The Museum has been remodeled and is now proud to house the Wolf Belt, an artifact the community has not had since 1898. There have been book signings by local authors, including Darren Bonaparte (a former director of the Museum), and New York State historians such as Sally Roesch Wagner, founder of the Jocelyn Gage House in Syracuse, NY. The museum is consistently hosting classes taught by local artists such as Bill Loran and Henry Arquette, both of whom work to keep our traditional arts strong. There are reading programs for kids, beading classes for adults and traditional dance instruction for all ages.
The Cultural center continues to grow and remains an essential part of the Akwesasne community. New classes are being added, new exhibits planned, new books are available to read and legends to be told.
On Thursday, October 6, 2011 the Akwesasne Cultural Center will be celebrating its 40 Anniversary by hosting an all day Open House. The Open House will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with welcoming remarks by the Board of Director’s President Irving Papineau at 5:30. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day. Come watch a movie or view the Museums new exhibit, “Tewa’á:raton Iakwa’tswátha – Lacrosse We Play It.” The exhibit was created with youth from Akwesasne and is about the true origins and meaning of the game. Also, take the time to view the floor plans and drawings for a new museum and