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. Some of our recent additions to the shop are cornhusk dolls by Rhea Skye, sky-dome design tote bags, and new books including “And Grandma Said…” by Tom Porter and the exhibition catalog “Oh So Iroquois”.
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 or e-mail to order. Due to the handmade nature of many of our items, the availability and price may vary. We have a few 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, $56.00
3″ scissor holders by Florence Benedict, $14.00
2 1/2″ strawberry by Denise Jock, $56.
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 the DVD ‘Carriers of Culture – Akwesasne Mohawk Basketry Traditions’. This DVD was produced by the Akwesasne Cultural Center and Moccasin Path Productions. Director, RJ Joseph (Cree) seamlessly merges footage of the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, archival photos from the cultural center, and an interview with the former St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Sheree Bonaparte. The cost is $20. plus shipping. This is one item that we will wholesale.
Call 518-358-2461 or e-mail email@example.com to place your order.