Mohawk Coterie -
Fashion Apparel, Accessories, workshops, and maker day camps is in its sixth year of Programming. The program is tailored to build a bridge for young/beginner Native American designers into the Mainstream Fashion Industry.
KwiioCouture Collection -
Traditional teachings, maker skills and heritage passed down from generations transformed into modern renditions of cultural representation. Each piece is personal, thought out and encapsulates the feeling at the moment of culmination. She captures fashion and seizes Native-style, fuses them together in easy to wear and always complimentary designs.
A Snipe clan elder of the Akwesasne community who wants to pass down what she has experienced and learned throughout her life's journey. A series of published memoirs and stories shared to inspire our younger generation of Native youth. Kahnastatsi's memoirs will be told in 4 different Native languages including Kanienkehake/Mohawk, English, Cree and Ojibway. Her first book will be released this summer (2021), she will embark on expanding her series into more Indigenous languages and memoirs to contribute to the greater need of interpreted Indigenous reading across Turtle Island.
To create solid and sustainable foundation of contemporary Native-Made fashion, art and literature to enter both the local and international marketplace. MohawkCoterie will cultivate, inspire and host new and existing makers by creating pathway's of empowered solutions. Our workshops teach skills, explore individual and group projects while also providing tools and materials. We will provide makers and designers with multiple channels of retail distribution. Mohawk Coterie will be a haven for brand creation and professional development and networking. We will manifest and sustain visibility and inclusion which in turn will be economically impactful for our community.
Iako:wihe`ne- She Gathers and Organizes people
Yah' go wee`heh' neh'
(Mohawk language, the name was given by ClanMother through Ceremony)
The founder is a Mohawk woman known as Iakowi:he'ne' of the Snipe-clan family, she resides in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory and New York City. . She was born and raised on an Iroquois reservation bordering Canada and the United States.
With such immense opportunity, and acquired knowledge through her education, and accomplishments she finds artistic inspiration reflective of her global perspective through art, fashion, action, economics, community and business.