June 2015 Kanatsiohare:ke (Ga-na-jo-ha-lay-gay)





The Mohawk Valley was home for many centuries to the Mohawk, People of the Flint, Keepers of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee (Longhouse) Confederacy of Nations. Conflicts in the 1700's, which came with the Europeans, drove them from their lands, villages and the resting places of their ancestors. A prophesy foretold that a day would come when the Mohawk people would return to the valley. In 1993, a group of traditional Mohawks from Akwesasne. (also known as the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, which straddles the New York State/Canadian border near Massena, New York.) returned to the Mohawk Valley. They established a community near Fonda, NY called Kanatsiohareke (the place of the clean pot). Their goal was to create a sustainable living community grounded in traditional Mohawk culture - its language, land, and social structure. The book Kanatsiohareke, Traditional Mohawk Indians Return to Their Homeland by Tom Porter tells their story.

Kanatsiohareke has a Mohawk Indian Craft Shop on the site. Activities include Traditional Haudenosaunee Cultural, Mohawk Language Immersion and Ceremonial Mohawk Classes, as well as an Indigenous Writing Retreat. June 27-28 is the date for this year's Strawberry Festival with Traditional & Contemporary Music & Dance, Silent Auction, Arts & Crafts, Storytelling, Food.


Tom Porter

 Tom Porter (Sakokwenionkwas-“The One Who Wins”) is founder, spokesperson and spiritual leader of the community. He is a member of the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation. A nationally recognized teacher, author, lecturer, Tom is well known as compassionate and inspirational as he teaches about Mohawk ways and the destructive effects of their history on communities, nations and Indian families. In the 1960’s, he co-founded the White Roots of Peace, a group of Iroquois Elders who toured the country sharing traditional teachings and encouraging Indians to embrace their respective Native traditions. He has implemented programs that facilitate an understanding of indigenous culture including a college exchange program in which students perform community services at Kanatsiohareke during weekend or one-week residencies in return for presentations on indigenous history and philosophy, from a Haudenosaunee perspective. Students from Cornell University, S.U.N.Y. Albany, S.U.N.Y. Cortland, Sarah Lawrence College, Virginia Tech, The College of William and Mary, Emma Willard School in Troy, NY, and Fordham University, and a long list of others have participated in this program. International students and scholars have traveled to Kanatsiohareke to exchange service and learn from the community.
And Grandma Said...Iroquois Teachings is one of his better known books about the traditional values he learned through stories from his beloved grandmother.


Learn more about Kanatsiohareke at: http://www.mohawkcommunity.com/home.html


BENEFIT FOR KANATSIOHAREKE, June 19, 2015, 7:00 PM, May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 E Genesee St, Syracuse, New York 13214. Organized by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation with co-sponsorship by the Green Sanctuary/Social Justice Committee of May Memorial.

Mohawk Elder Tom Porter will open the event with a Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address and then offer a talk. Music will be provided by Ahnas Porter (Tom's son) and Joanne Bakeman and Mark Hoffman, with special guest Sandy Bigtree. Refreshments, Silent Auction and a 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds will benefit Kanatsiohareke. A sliding scale donation of $10-100 will be accepted at the door, but no one will be turned away.



    Don’t display illustrations that mislead or demean. Animals dressed in “Indian” attire and holding sacred objects, children wearing adult headdresses, caricatures of Native Americans painted with red skin, and drawings of Indians who all look alike or who are depicted as “sneaky” are demeaning. Do point out and discuss how such depictions are inappropriate and insulting. Do write to publishers of such materials to voice your concerns.

Kay Olan, Mohawk/Wolf Clan


Share Farm Picnic, Cayuga Nation, June 13, 10 AM to dusk, 4061 Truesdale Rd, Union Springs, NY. Music, Art Vendors, Food, Fun, Lacrosse Games, Yearly Peach Tree Planting, Donation Bar-B-Q. Please bring Pot Luck dish to sare.

Gathering at the Heart of Niagara, June 20, Saturday,10-7, at Goat Island, Niagara Falls State Park, NY. An Indigenous Cultural Event, with Native crafts, food, and youth activities; Smoke dance (men's war) and drum competitions. www.heartofniagara.org.

21st Annual Strawberry Festival at Kanatsiohareke, Saturday, June 27th & Sunday, 28th 2015, 10:00-6:00 pm, Kanatsiohare:ke 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY Traditional & Contemporary Music & Dance, Silent Auction, Arts & Crafts, Storytelling, Food, Adults - $5.00, Seniors & Children under 12 - $3.00, Children under 5 – Free http://www.mohawkcommunity.com/festival.html PLEASE NOTE DATE CORRECTION!

Mohawk Summer Language Camp, July 6-17, 2015 at Kanatsiohare:ke for those interested in taking one of three levels of Mohawk language immersion/instruction: Introduction to Mohawk (for beginners with minimal previous exposure to the language), Basic Mohawk (for those who have completed the Introductory course or who have some familiarity with the Mohawk language), and Conversational Mohawk (for those seeking an opportunity to develop language fluency). Scholarships are available for Haudenosaunee applicants. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2015. See attached flyer to register or contact Iehnhotonkwas Bonnie Jane Maracle at bjm@kos.net for more information.

Tuscarora Nation Picnic and Field Days, July 10-11, Tuscarora Picnic Grove, Tuscarora Nation, 5156 Walmore Rd. The first began in 1840, now the oldest field day in Niagara County. In addition to the picnic, features a race and fun run, music, vendors, and traditional food and drink. Smoke dance and raised beadwork competitions. Drug and alcohol free (all of these events are).Check website for more information later (their comment). www.tuscaroraenvironment.com. Veteran's PowWow Seneca, July 17-19, Broad Street, Salamanca. Dance competition and Motorcycle race; registration. admission: $10.adults, $5. children and seniors, free to vets and military. www.senecapowwow.org or call 716-532-4900716-532-4900 .


NOON Steering Committee Meeting, June 9, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, open meeting. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (315-472-5478315-472-5478 , carol@peacecouncil.net) or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (315-492-2684315-492-2684 , rsue@twcny.rr.com) before the meeting.


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Ganondagan Festival July 25-26, 10-6 each day, Ganondagan State Historic Site,1488 State Route 444 Victor, NY 14564 .Guest performers Keith Secola, Anishinabe (many time NAMMY winner) and blues band Twice as Good, Poma (California). "Ganonda-man" clay totem-making, scavenger hunt, storytelling & related crafts. Also,Iroquois Social Dancers, traditional artisan demos, Native Arts Market, Iroquois storytelling, guided tours, and Native food. www.ganondagan.org.

Indigenous Writing Retreat, July 27-31, 2015 at Kanatsiohare:ke for graduate students and writers interested in working in a stress-free environment with home-cooked meals, meeting with both a Ph.D. adviser and a Traditional Spiritual Adviser, and networking with other Native students and writers. The retreat is held at Kanatsiohare:ke, in the Kanien'keha/Mohawk homelands (Fonda, NY). See attached flyer for registration information or contact Iehnhotonkwas Bonnie Jane Maracle at bjm@kos.net for more information. Space is limited so register ASAP!

Ancient Wisdom Rising 2015, Sacred Fire Foundation, Aug 7-9, 2015, Blue Deer Center, http://www.bluedeer.org/, Margaretville, NY, bringing together elders and presenters on beautiful and sacred grounds located in the Catskill Mountains. There are only a few days left! Register now to be part of this unique event with David Tall Pine White, a local Nipmuc elder, and Diane Longboat, Mohawk Turtle Clan from Six Nations Grand River Territory, as they speak about transformational healing of self, community and the earth through relationship to the sacred.For more information visit: http://www.sacredfirefoundation.org/events/event/view/id/67

Ceremonial Mohawk Class at Kanastiohare:ke, August 10-14, 2015 at Kanatsiohare:ke is a one-week session for those with a high Mohawk language proficiency who wish to work on using the language for ceremonies. The session will be instructed in Mohawk by fluent traditional speakers. Deadline for Registration is July 17, 2015. Contact Iehnhotonkwas Bonnie Jane Maracle at bjm@kos.net for more information.

2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, Sept. 18-27. The Onondaga Nation will host The Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Championships. Games featuring 13 nations will be played at three venues: War Memorial Arena at The Oncenter, Onondaga Nation Arena and the Carrier Dome. Several events are being planned. http://www.onondaganation.org

Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain: Building Relationships for the good of the Earth, Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts Forums, September 25-27, 2015, Six Nations Grand River Reserve, Ontario, Canada. A sub-theme to this Forum is Reaching Consensus on Commitments to Action. During the previous six Forums we have talked about problems and needs. Now, we will create plans to act. Participants will implement Six Nations-like protocols for consensus-based decision-making to create action plans to foment change.... change in our families, change in our communities, change in the U.S., and change in the way the Earth is treated. This Forum is limited to 60 participants so if you're planning to attend, act now. Register at http://www.twocircles.org/index.php/ancient-voices-registration-form or call 406-587-1002406-587-1002  or email Eric Noyes, Eric@twocircles.org.

SENECA ART & CULTURAL CENTER GRAND OPENING, Gonandagan, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015. 17,300 square foot center will transform your visitor experience at Ganondagan State Historic Site. With an entry hall featuring the Thanksgiving Address, changing gallery space, an orientation theater, multi-use auditorium, catering kitchen, and gift shop, the Seneca Art & Culture Center will take its place as a permanent, year-round interpretive facility sharing 2,000 years of Seneca and Haudenosaunee art, history, and culture.