The Kanien’kehá:ka, or Mohawks, belong to a larger community of Iroquois-speaking people occupying land bordering Ontario, Quebec and the state of New York in northeastern North America. For centuries, the Kanien’kehá:ka have produced magnificent shell and glass-beaded objects, some of which are in the McCord Museum collection. This art still lives today. In Kahnawake where a large Kanien’kehá:ka community lives south of Montreal, women and children continue to create splendid beaded objects using the same techniques and materials as their ancestors. Besides maintaining a vital link with the past, these artists give future generations a sense of traditional values.
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