Corning, NY 14830
For the Akwesasne Mohawk people, the making of beautiful and functional baskets from black ash trees has long been an important cultural tradition. However, several environmental factors now threaten black ash. The education office of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) worked with members of the Akwesasne Mohawk community to document their work to protect and ensure the survival of black ash trees. In this presentation, learn how Mohawk culture, values, and indigenous knowledge, along with Western science and technology, inform the environmental work of this contemporary Native nation. This work is part of NMAI’s Native Knowledge 360° , a national education initiative to inspire and promote improvement of education about American Indians.