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We'wha and the Two Spirit Tradition, Then and Now
Work by Iakowi:he'ne' (MohawkCoterie) currently on display within the exhibition. Please pay a visit and support Contemporary Native American Artists by shopping and sharing. There are plenty of wearable pieces such as purses, moccasins, pottery and cradleboards from the past. Dating all the way back to the 1700's, the spirit and stories these pieces carry will whisk you away into a vision of life during its era. To hold them pulls you into either the making of it or the originals owners daily life.
The energy is strong and the frequency is...
Iakowi:he'ne' Featured in the June Issue of ALLURE Magazine
"Oakes is 38-year-old designer, activist, and high school volleyball and swim coach who wears her hair down to her waist as a means of connecting with the Mohawk tribe in which she was raised. Oakes grew up on the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory on the border of New York State and Canada and now lives in New York City.
My hair is a way for me to identify myself. People say, “Oh, what are you, Indian?” It’s a cliché. “Oh, you have long hair?” It’s like, yeah! I’m Mohawk....