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Akwesasne Museum Exhibit Opening
by Sue Ellen Herne
credits: Images courtesy of the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Teiotiokwaonháston/ Deyodyogwaoháhs:doh (Encircles Everything) is a large cornhusk doll diorama of the 50 chiefs and clanmothers made by Elizabeth “Betts” Doxtator, Mohawk from Ohsweken. It will be on display at the Akwesasne Museum for the summer, and the artist will be at the museum on Thursday June 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for an opening reception with light refreshments.

The museum has rented out its two traveling exhibits to Parks Canada from May until September, so there is plenty of room to house the cornhusk doll diorama for the next few months. Betts is talented in many media, including beadwork, painting, and cornhusk doll making. Each clanmother has a feast basket – some of the feast baskets in the diorama were made by Lenora David, Micmac of Akwesasne. Lenora is also a multi-talented artist – she makes baskets, sews ribbon shirts, and makes miniature lacrosse sticks. Lenora is also an honored guest for the opening celebration!

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