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Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) speaking in Hamilton and Toronto

The May 21 and May 22 long weekend was marked by two successful events organized by Real People's Media in Hamilton and Toronto. Kanien'kehá:ka elders Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) gave talks on the topic of "The British Crown, Canada 150, and the Onkwehon:we. The video of the Hamilton event…
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From Akwesasne Notes to the Oka Crisis: Francis Boots’ long journey through Indian country

In this episode, Francis Boots talks about how he went to his first protest and his life long journey through the hotspots of Indian country. Francis tell us about the founding and growth of Akwesasne Notes and takes us through his experiences at Alcatraz, Wounded Knee, the BIA takeover and…
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The British Crown, Canada 150, and the Onkwehon:we a Kanien’kehá: ka perspective

Real People's Media is proud to announce that Kanien'kehá:ka elders Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) will be speaking at two public events over the Victoria Day long weekend. The first event is being held in Hamilton from 6-8pm on Sunday May 21st at the Tower social space, located…
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Great Law Discussion at Ononda’geh

Videos recorded by Wandeyu Estrada-Goeman on April 1st, 2017. Paul Delaronde talks about the recent history about reasserting Haudenosaunee Freedom.   Francis Boots discusses the importance of continuing to have Great Law recitals, and says recent one have only told the Peacemaker's journey, but have not "duties and responsibilities" or…
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Mohawk Ritual and Education

By Ronald L. Grimes Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots), a traditional Mohawk spiritual leader from Akwesasne, discusses ritual, especially the Condolence Ceremony. He is then joined by Philip Otiohkwa Deering, a Mohawk educator and cultural interpreter from Khanawake, to talk about education and ritual. Subtopics are listed below. Introductions, 00:14 The Feast…
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Removing the Burrs: A Traditional Mohawk Welcoming Ceremony

Using part of the Condolence complex of ceremonies, Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) welcomes Roxana Miranda Rupailaf, a Mapuche poet from Chile. Then he offers healing to Myriam Gonzalez, a Chilean Canadian from Montreal. The ceremony is in Mohawk, followed by an English explanation and Spanish translation beginning at 16:51. For more…
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The Siege of the Mohawks

By Peter Matthiessen; Peter Matthiessen is the author of "The Snow Leopard" and other books. Washington Post, September 14, 1980 A dangerous confrontation between armed Mohawk factions on a small and remote reservation on the St. Lawrence River has been all but ignored by the news media, apparently for want…
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