The Akwesasne Cultural Center includes a museum shop that specializes in Mohawk black ash and sweetgrass basketry. We also carry other items that are Native-made, and publications that are Native-authored. One of our recent additions to the shop are Mohawk Ironworker Trading Cards featuring the ironworkers from many Mohawk communities featured on APTN! For those of you in cyber-space who would like to order from us, we are not ready for on-line sales, but you can contact us by phone 518-358-2461 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Due to the handmade nature of many of our items, the availability and price may vary. We have a couple photos here of baskets that can be ordered and received in a reasonable amount of time, a number of them are in stock if you order right away.
4 1/2″ basket by Florence Benedict, $77.50
2 1/2″ strawberry by Denise Jock, $62.00
A Mohawk basket begins its journey as seedlings that become trees, and seeds that become blades of grass. Ash logs and sweetgrass are harvested by men and women who turn them into basketmaking materials in processes that involve an understanding of the environment and our culture. Basketry is used in traditional ways, and has also been part of our economy for generations.
Another basketry related item is a series of DVDs:
Carriers of Culture – Akwesasne Mohawk Basketry Traditions,
Utility Baskets by Henry Arquette – Atsienhanonne and
Master Fancy Basketmaker Florence Benedict – Katsitsienhawi.
These DVDs were produced by the Akwesasne Cultural Center and Moccasin Path Productions. Director, RJ Joseph (Metis-Cree) brings heart and soul to the topic, showing how culture, family, and community are all part of Mohawk basketry. The cost is $20. each plus shipping. This is one item that we will wholesale.
Call 518-358-2461 or e-mail email@example.com to place your order.