Landspeak Conference 2021 · Day 2: Opening Song

Date: Thu, 18. Mar, 2021 · 4:00pm

The second day of Landspeak began with an opening song performed by the Akwesasne Women Singers. This unique group was formed in 1999—by Bear Fox, Katsitsionni Fox, Elizabeth Nanitcoke, and Iawentas Nanticoke—driven by the urge to protect and preserve the Kanienkeha (Mohawk Language), traditional Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk People) customs and stories, as well as the oral traditions that are passed down from grandmother to grand-daughter.

A sense of the talent and dynamism of this group is given in the performance below, recorded in 2012, of “Ka’satstenhserowa:nen” (“The Women’s Power Song”).