BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, N.Y. – Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, (ADKX) is pleased to announce the first annual Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market, August 25-26, 10am-5pm with general admission.

The Art Market is the joint effort of the museum in collaboration with the Akwesasne Cultural Center and the Abenaki Cultural Preservation Corporation. The 2018 Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market features master and emerging Indigenous artists from the Mohawk communities of Akwesasne (located where Ontario, Quebec, and New York State intersect on the map) and Kahnawake (located adjacent to the city of Montreal).

Visitors can explore their rich cultural heritage, artistic inspirations, and modern adaptations through a wide range of art-forms and creativity. Traditional and contemporary art will be available for sale including basketry, painting and drawing, beadwork & quillwork, photography, textiles, pottery, jewelry, and mixed media. Traditional Mohawk music and dance will be played throughout the fair.

Schedule of Events*

Saturday, August 25

10am – 5pm Artist’s Booths Open

11am Akwesasne Women Singers

12pm Native North American College Travel Troupe

1pm Babe & Carla Hemlock presentation

in a Peopled Wilderness gallery, Life in the Adirondacks exhibition

2pm Akwesasne Women Singers

Sunday, August 26

10am – 5pm Artist’s Booths Open

11am Garrow Hill acoustic duo

12pm Native North American College Travel Troupe

1pm Garrow Hill acoustic duo

* Schedule subject to change.

Participating Artists

Babe and Carla Hemlock, featured artists, display in Life in the Adirondacks

Babe and Carla Hemlock are Mohawk artists from Kahnawake Mohawk Nation Territory near Montreal. Babe specializes in woodcarving, and Carla focuses on textile artists. They will show select pieces and present at 1:00pm on their piece, So Be It Our Minds, a carved and painted cradle board with quilt that was recently added to the Adirondack Experience’s permanent collection.

Kay Lynn Adams, Bruce Boots

Wilma Cook Zumpano

Vanessa Myra David

Teiosakentison Elijah

Sue Herne

Carrie Hill

Glenn Jr Hill

Charlotte King

Tammy King

Robin Lazore

Niio Perkins

Kiera Pyke

Sheila Ransom

Victoria Ransom

Donna Rockwell-Jock

Marjorie Skidders

Natasha Smoke Santiago

Wabigonikwe Tenasco

Paul Thomas

Anna Thompson

Ashley Thompson

Jordan Thompson

Marlana Thompson

Tiann White

Yvette White

Performers

Akwesasne Women Singers

Kontiwennenhá:wi hail from Ahkwesahsne, a Kanien’kehá:ka Territory that straddles the St. Lawrence River and incorporates portions of northern New York and southern Ontario and Quebec. In Ahkwesahsne, as in other Kanien’kehá:ka communities, women’s singing societies have always functioned to help community members in time of need. When Kontiwennenhá:wi performs outside of their community, they do not call themselves a singing society. That title is reserved for their work within their Territory and other Haudenosaunee communities. But they continue many of the same functions: the funds their performances generate are always directed back toward their community. While men and women sometimes have different singing repertoires and their songs serve different functions, women always take care to learn the men’s songs as well, so that the Mohawk way of life can be preserved even in times of crisis. In the spirit of this traditional role, Kontiwennenhá:wi, the Carriers of the Words, have embraced the “duty to help our language survive…. We believe that if our language dies, so will we as a Nation. Without our language we will have no culture. “We proudly share our songs and teach children so that we may honor everything that is natural to us. Through our songs we honor our Mother the Earth, our Grandmother the Moon, our Grandparents from every generation, the teachers of the Mohawk language, the Great Law of Peace, and more.”

Native North American College Traveling Troupe

The Native North American College’s Cultural Educators spread awareness of Native American culture using traditional singing, dancing and storytelling. They have traveled the world breaking stereotypes and expressing the diversity in culture and practices of Indigenous people. From a Mohawk perspective you will be immersed in Iroquois life and traditions. Songs and dances are designed to be interactive and kept simple so sharing is fun and easy. Our ancestral teachings of the Haudenosaunee are ideal for everyone and focus on strengthening the human bonds between us all.

Garrow Hill Acoustic Duo

Garrow Hill an acoustic duo that is comprised of Bryan “the Bluesman” Garrow and Glenn Hill.

Join them while they share a blue side of North Country roots music. “We all know these songs, growing up listening to them, or hearing them in the background” The acoustic side allows for a different listening experience. Their approach & how the dynamics of a song get interpreted are a welcome surprise.

About Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and culturally rich collections in more than 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks. ADKX offers a broad range of programs and activities including special and permanent exhibitions, a brand new 19,000 square foot Life in the Adirondacks interactive exhibition, daily activities with artisans-in-residence, workshops, lectures, nature tours, family and educational programs, and signature events like the Made in the Adirondacks Fair, Rustic Furniture Fair and Antiques Show and Sale and the first year for the NEW Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market. The museum is supported in part with donations from the general public, with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or vis it www.theADKX.org.