Ohero:kon -Under the Husk, a documentary about the resurgence of the Rites of Passage Ceremony for youth in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, will be featured at Ganondagan State Historic Site on Saturday, November 26 at 2:00 pm followed by a talk by producer/director Katsitsionni Fox (Mohawk). This event is free and open to the public.
Ms. Fox’s film offers an inside view through the eyes of two young Mohawk women as they embark on a road less traveled, journeying through their traditional passage rites and on to womanhood. This Rites of Passage ceremony was revived by Mohawk Bear Clan Mother Louise McDonald Herne in a desperate attempt to remedy social ills faced by the such as drug abuse, domestic violence, self harm, suicide and loss of culture and language. Throughout the four-year process, the young women’s sacrifices test them in every way: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Their struggles unfold as they navigate two worlds, the fast-paced western world and the spiritual path of their ancestors on their journey to become women.
The film documents this phenomenon and its growth over the past 10 years, from seven youth participants to now more than 90 each year.
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