Akwesasne Women Singers

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9 photos, one audio interview, a short feature video, and related materials. What began in the 1980s, when female members of the Swamp family first organized the Women’s Singing Society of Akwesasne, has become an important cultural group for the Mohawk people. In Haudenosaunee culture, singing societies, until recently all men, are charged with the responsibility of giving assistance and support to those in the community who have suffered a loss of some sort. While this is primarily a community rather than family group, it includes singers who are related and who actively work to involve their families in the singing, language, and related traditions central to the group’s activities. The Akwesasne Women Singers are 2014 TAUNY North Country Heritage Award recipients.

Akwesasne Women Singers 2014