Akwesasne Freedom School Celebration & Benefit


Fri, Sep 1, 2023    
5:00 pm


Opus 40
50 Fite Road, Saugerties, New York

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Join us for a benefit for and celebration of The Akwesasne Freedom School (Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, Mohawk Nation), featuring music by Theresa “Bear” Fox, Kontiwennenha:wi (Akwesasne Women Singers), Tom Porter (Sakokwenionkwas-“The One Who Wins”), Hataałii (Diné), Karonhianonha (Kanienʼkehá꞉ka), and youth from the Akwesasne Freedom School performing Smoke and Hoop dances. Indigenous artists from Akwesasne will also have works for sale. A wonderful opportunity to experience and support Indigenous community.
The Akwesasne Freedom School (AFS) emerged as a center of Mohawk cultural resurgence in 1979 and continues to play a critical role in revitalizing a rich and diverse language and culture within the community of Akwesasne. It is a model of self-determination and best practices in language and cultural revitalization. AFS provides Mohawk immersion education, beginning each day with the Thanksgiving address, which forms the foundation of their culturally-rooted curriculum. This event will raise money and awareness for the school and celebrate local Indigeneity through Mohawk music and storytelling.
To learn more about the school and get involved, visit www.underwaterpanther.com
Underwater Panther Coalition (UPC) is committed to representing and amplifying Indigenous musical ontologies in contemporary contexts. UPC actively supports Indigenous communities and artists while seeking to improve and restore people’s relationships to all of life through Indigenous musical practices. We are focused on restoring the central role of music for maintaining balance, resilience, and cultural thriving in harmony with Mother Earth.
4PM Gates / 5-7:30 Event | Co-Presented with Underwater Panther
$20 adv / $25 gate | All Ages