Four programs explore how the Tyendinaga Mohawk people relate to the land, past, present and future:
First Words: the meaning of the land (July 13)
Past Tense: the burdens of history (July 20)
Present Defence: current struggles (July 27)
The Way Ahead: future challenges (Aug 3)
From February to May 2006, students at Ohahase interviewed Tyendinaga elders, then collaborated on editing and producing People of the land. The students: Ashley Nicholas, Bea Maracle, Chad Post, Cody Maracle, Courtney Brant, Jeremy Brant, Josh Maracle, Mindy Thomas, and Shirley Maracle.
A project of the HOPE program at the Ohahase Education Centre, on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. The Territory is located on the Bay of Quinte, west of Kingston, Ontario.
Music is by Tekontirennahkwa, a Tyendinaga Mohawk women’s singing group. The name translates (roughly) as “they pick up the songs.”
The project was facilitated by writer/documentary-maker Michael Riordon, and funded by the Ontario Arts Council Artists-in-Education program.
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and First Nations Technical Institute:www.tyendinaga.net.
Native Youth Media Society, and Redwire Magazine: www.redwiremag.com.