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.