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40th Anniversary Open House Reception

Our 40th Anniversary reception had a great turn out. Nia:wen ko:wa to everyone who came.

President of the Board of Director’s, Irving Papineau, spoke about the Cultural Centers history, where it began and where it is now, the many changes throughout the years and how the Cultural Center is staying relevant today. Director Glory Cole told everyone about all of the updates and great programs happening in both the Library and Museum, mentioning the new computer lab that will be donated from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and encouraging everyone to take a look at the Wolf Belt, on permanent exhibit in the Museum. Sue Ellen Herne, the Project Coordinator of the Museum, touched on the project in the works for an Archive/Museum building. If you would like to see the plans and drawings of this new building, please stop in at the Library.

It was great seeing alot of the Cultural Centers past staff, directors, board members and others who helped get the project started in 1971. Both Dr. Wells and Minerva White, two people instrumental in getting the library off the ground, came out to celebrate.

Take a look at photos of the evening in our Gallery!

Again, nia:wen to everyone who stopped throughout the day and we can’t wait to see you at our 50th!

Look who’s 40!

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

Artist Spotlight

Our Spring 2010 artist spotlight is on Natasha Smoke Santiago!

Natasha is a painter and potter who has been making and selling her art since she was a child. She was a teacher in our 2009 traditional arts pottery class, sharing the skills that she has learned from master potter, Roger Perkins.

We have changed our Artist Spotlight format to a seasonal change of artists. Due to budget cuts, we have shorter staff hours which made it difficult to keep up with monthly updates. Sorry for any of you who have been wondering what happened to our updates! Take the time to check out Natasha’s spotlight!