Victor, NY— 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 on Saturday, October 20 from 10 am - 3 pm.

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.

The event is free with admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center, and free for Friends of Ganondagan members. The Center is located at 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY. 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.

PHOTOS available on request.


Who: Guest artisans Babe and Carla Hemlock (Kahnawake Mohawk)

What: Cradleboard-making demonstration

When: Saturday, October 20, 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Rd 41, Victor, NY

Cost: Free/non-members with admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center; free/Friends of Ganondagan members

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