North of the border in southern Quebec and just south of the St. Lawrence River right across Montreal Island lies the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory; a reserve of the traditionally, Iroquoian-speaking Mohawk nation. Kahnawake is home to around 8000 residents who live on a territory that totals an area of 15.36 square miles.
Friendly informants at the tourist information desk of the HOST hotel or the Welcome center , can direct you to some of the historical and cultural highlights of the reserve such as the Kateri Tekakwitha Jesuit church, cultural center or to one of the reserve’s three golf clubs.
The community also annually hosts a joyous and colorful Pow Wow, held every summer on the second weekend of July. It is an open social event to educate and preserve the Native American culture such as traditional foods, handmade crafts, singing and dancing. Intricate hand sewn regalia and jingle dresses can be admired as young and old participate in circle smoke dances to the rhythmic ceremonial drums beats.
Living on a reserve with such a small population that upholds traditional family values can bring about some problems, especially if you are trying to find love. Imaging sharing the same partners as some of your friends on the rez or when the hot new guy turns out to be your cousin; romance isn’t that simple.
For those who would like an inside view into life on the reserve , I suggest watching Mohawk Girls: raw, gutsy and exciting, filmmaker Tracey Deer created a dramatic comedy TV series that features four dynamic young women who are trying to figure out how to be empowered Mohawks in the 21st century. The half hour episode series explores variants of cultural identity and issues of culture and racism in a modern and sleek TV series that has wide appeal to women of all backgrounds.
We follow the adventures of tradition-minded Bailey (Jenny Pudavick), perfect Zoe (Brittany LeBorgne), sexy-girl Caitlin (Heather White) and free-spirited Anna (Maika Harper) as these four mavens go through different experiences with work and men, all the while dealing with wild situations and unexpected choices as they continue to define what it is to be a modern-day Mohawk woman - not that any of them can agree on what that means! To make matters worse, their traditional - minded families and friends only add oil to the flames with their pointed opinions.
Similar to Sex and the City, the first two seasons received positive reviews from major media outlets and won several awards as the episodes saw the four protagonists weave through relationships, work and the occasional let down.
Filmed and set in Montreal and the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, season three consists of six half hour episodes debuting October 27th 2015 on APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) and documents the trials and tribulations of this fabulous foursome as they continue their quest to find happiness, love and hopefully themselves!
In season three, Mohawk Girls will lead the audience further into Mohawk culture, as the girls visit the longhouse and learn ancestral methods of survival while navigating the oh-so-complicated dating world. Sex, romance, tradition: Mohawk Girls celebrates friendship while never shying away from the complexities of life on the rez.
Mohawk Girls, Season Three Debuts on APTN
Tuesday, October 27 – 9 p.m.
*** Viewers may also delve into the world of Mohawk Girls via the interactive website, with web-exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, a quiz app and entertaining graphic content. The devoted online community of the series can connect via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.