ABGC’s ‘Teen Night’ gets visit from Miss Indian World

    The recently crowned Miss Indian World, Raven Swamp, visited the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club during last Friday’s ‘Teen Night’.  Swamp, who is from Kahnawake, won the title of Miss Indian World 2017-2018, and is the only Mohawk woman to be crowned this title during the ‘Gathering of Nations’ powwow. Swamp was one of 23 native women to compete for this prestigious title, representing their respective tribes in the areas of Tribal knowledge, traditional dance, public speaking, and a personality assessment.  Swamp performed her entire talent performance in Kanien’keha.  “A lot of judges came up to me at the end and said they never really heard a language spoken so beautifully.  Our language is beautiful, and is the essence of who we are,” said Swamp.  This title serves as a major platform for its recipient in indigenous communities throughout the world. Dressed in her beautifully hand sewn Iroquois

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“The Six Nations of the Iroquois: A Piece of My Heart” — Local Basket Maker Carrie Hill shares the art of traditional basket making

Local Basket Maker, Carrie Hill, has been bestowed the honor of creating an art installation to represent Northern New York, to be displayed in Swaziland, Africa at the United States Embassy. Very carefully, on Wednesday May 18th, 2016, Atelier 4, a fine art packing company, packed up Ms. Hill’s installation in custom packaging in preparation for their journey to Africa, where they will be displayed for three years. Ms. Hill was initially contacted by Camille Benton, Curator for Art in Embassies, on behalf of US Ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson.  Benton, who is a native Northern New Yorker, was tasked with finding an artist to create an installation to be representative of the Northern New York area.  “It’s crazy, of all the amazing artists in this area, and she found me.  I’m just very grateful to have this opportunity to show the world who we really are.  I feel honored

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Where does cultural appropriation end and where does cultural appropriation begin? — Mohawk/Sioux youth featured in Teen Vogue

Daunnette Reyome has become an overnight role model in Indian Country after being featured in Teen Vogue, in an article entitled, “7 Girls Show What Beauty Looks Like When It’s Not Appropriated.” As one of seven young ladies chosen to weigh in on the hot trending topic of cultural appropriation, while they appropriately modeled regalia of their own cultures. Teen Vogue asked a very loaded question, “Where does cultural appropriation end and where does cultural appropriation begin?”  Her section of this article is entitled “Daunnette Reyome on her feather,” with photos that capture the powerful imagery of this young woman and her message to the world “that we do still exist. And no, we don’t all live in teepees.” Growing up off-reservation, Daunnette has had a very different aspect from the non-native world, and how they perceive Native American’s, from fellow students telling her that “Indians don’t exist anymore,” to

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Akwesasne’s Holiday Helpers reach goal of $60,000 — Amazing show of community support!

Members of the Akwesasne community pulled off an amazing event last Friday, December 11th, 2015. The day kicked off in the early morning hours as “Holiday Helpers” whipped up breakfast as fundraising efforts began. Throughout the day, the cooking continued as people stopped by to make a donation and show their support. Aside from the tasty food, a unique and popular fundraising initiative continued this year where community members were “arrested” and needed to get “bailed out”. Each “prisoner” had a set price that they needed to reach before being released. Holiday Helpers met their fundraising goal, almost right down to the penny – $60,251.09 to purchase food and gifts for Akwesasne community members who are in need. On Friday December 11, 2015 at the Hogansburg –Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department, the fundraisers brought in an amazing $30,251.09 (currency breakdown – $17,398.24 US and 12,852.85 CAN). Community members pulled together to ensure

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Swamp Duo take on the Civil War

By Mary LaFrance Leroy Swamp and his son Loran, 13, are your average father and son duo grabbing a quick bite to eat before heading home. Except, these two are talking through the process of loading and firing a Civil War era canon in preparation for their upcoming trip to Appomattox, VA, to one of the largest gatherings of Civil War reenactments in the country. Leroy and Loran are both artillery men with the 118th New York Volunteers Infantry Adirondack Regiment. The group of enthusiasts have a passion for recreating the past and bringing history to life by traveling the country doing reenactments and presentations about this important period in American history. “We got started about four years ago,” said Leroy, adding that it was a good time to join because it is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and reenactments and other events are at an all-time high.

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