Traditional Arts: Cradleboard-making Demonstrations- Ganondagan State Historic Site
The multi-award winning husband and wife artist duo, Babe and Carla Hemlock (Kahnawake Mohawk) will be displaying their talents for the public in cradleboard making at Ganondagan State Historic Site. Both the Hemlocks relay their Mohawk culture and history through their artwork. Woodcarver and painter Babe Hemlock constructs wooden cradleboards using his own artistic imagery, while Carla creates the textiles that cover the cradleboards. Together, they create some of the most beautiful and elaborate cradleboards throughout Haudenosaunee territory. The elaborate cradleboard on display in Ganondagan’s newest exhibit—Hodinöhsö:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation—is created by the Hemlocks. On a revolving stand within the exhibit for 360-degree viewing, it showcases glass beadwork on a wool wrapper on the front, and a painted wood carving on the back, symbolizing the family and Turtle Clan of the child. In 2013, the couple collaborated on a cradleboard focused on the aboriginal game of lacrosse, which won the 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market Best of Classification for Diverse Art Forms. The couple repeated their win again in 2014. Ganondagan recognizes the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for its support of this event. Visitors are encouraged to visit the full-size Bark Longhouse replica while at this event. The Longhouse closes for the season on November 1.