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Native American Day at SRCS
by Rachelle Garrow Hayes - Indian Time

The Salmon River Central Schools (SRCS) Mohawk Club members shared their culture with their classmates on Native American Day, which they celebrated on Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Middle school students took part in the activities in the morning while the high school celebrated in the afternoon.

The student body was treated to two films, "Skennen Ratihawi" and the "Story of the ½ Blanket", that were produced by Katsitsionni Fox and students from last year's film class. Also, three music videos that were made in Ms. Fox's summer program called "Film Fundamentals." Two of them were Bear Fox songs called "Diamond" and "Rich Girl," and the other was "Water Song" by Kontiwenenhawi. Bear Fox had just barely returned home from performing in California and she showed up at SRCS to perform two of her songs "Kaieri Niionkwetake" and "Standing Skye." Rowisonkies Barnes and recent graduate Quinton Wilson did some hand drumming and singing. Senior Raienkonnis Edwards emceed the Native American Day activities.

Corn soup was made by Sandra Fox and the strawberry drink was made and served to the students and staff by Maddi Durant and the SRCS Mohawk Club. Both were delicious.

The Social and Powwow Exhibition took place in the gym, the "Akwesasne Young Men Singers," most of whom are current SRCS students, sang for the social while "Standing Arrow" sang for the Powwow Exhibition. Many colorful fabrics, ribbons, leather, beadwork, jingles and gustowas adorned the dancers and it was beautiful to see.

Students had a great time dancing and enjoyed the whole experience. "I like it because it shows our culture," commented Junior Kahawis while her classmate Carcie Bigtree expressed that she likes how the social "represents who we are and it makes me proud."

"We want to promote Native pride and have students be proud of who they are. We want to show student work such as the film which was done in Native Film class; this is their time to shine," commented Mohawk Club Advisor and Native Film teacher Ms. Fox. "We had visitors from the community come for the powwow/social which was awesome."

Many thanks go out to Ms. Fox, Tim Cook, Leigh Oakes, Kim Russell, Theresa Mitchell, Maddi Durant, and the students of the SRCS Middle and High School Mohawk Clubs for all their hard work in planning and organizing the day. Also thank you to the many gifted singers, dancers and filmmakers for sharing their talents with us and making 2013 Native American Day so special.

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