Amplifying Indigenous Voices: Haudenosaunee Women’s Stories of Suffrage & Rites of Passage

Join us Monday, March 22 as Mountain Lake PBS presents two engaging documentaries from director Katsitsionni Fox. Katsitsionni has been making films since 2003 in the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, where she resides, and is a practicing artist, curator, filmmaker and educator. 

At 1pm, Katsitsionni’s latest documentary, Without a Whisper, uncovers the untold story of how Native American women helped to inspire the struggle of the American women’s suffrage movement in the United States. And at 1:30pm, Ohero:kon – Under the Husk, follows the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk women.

These films air during our Learning at Home block during Women’s History Month. Learn more »

Without a Whisper – Konnón:kwe
1 PM

Explore the untold story of how Indigenous women influenced the early suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality. Mohawk Clan Mother Louise Herne and Professor Sally Roesch Wagner shake the foundation of the established history of the women’s rights movement in the US joining forces to shed light on the hidden history of the influence of Haudenosaunee Women on the women’s rights movement.

Ohero:kon – Under the Husk
1:30 PM

Ohero:kon – Under the Husk follows the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S. / Canada border. They both take part in a four-year adolescent passage rites ceremony called Ohero:kon “Under the Husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.

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Director Katsitsionni Fox On The Untold Story Of Indigenous Women And The Suffrage Movement

PBS LearningMedia: Ohero:kon – Under the Husk Viewer Discussion Guide

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