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Kanatsiohareke (Gah-nah-jo-ha-lay-gay) is a small Mohawk/Kanienkahaka community on the north bank of the Mohawk River, west of Fonda, New York. The name means "Place of the clean pot."[1] Kanatsiohareke was created to be a "Carlisle Indian Boarding School in Reverse", teaching Mohawk language and culture.[2] Located at the ancient homeland of the Kanienkehaka (Mohawk), it was re-established in September 1993 under the leadership of Thomas R. Porter (Sakokwenionkwas-“The One Who Wins”).[3] The community must raise their own revenue and frequently hold cultural presentations, workshops, and academic events, including an annual Strawberry Festival.[4] A craft shop on site features genuine handmade Native crafts from all over Turtle Island (North America).

The primary mission of the community is to try to preserve traditional values, culture, language and lifestyles in the guidance of the Kaienerekowa (Great Law of Peace).[5] Kanatsiohareke, Inc. is a non-profit organization under IRS code 501c3.

Thomas Porter is a member of the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. (Akwesasne, also known as the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, straddles the New York State/Canadian border near Massena, New York.) He is married to Alice Joe Porter who is Choctaw, and has six children.


  1. ^ "Porter, Tom 'Sakokwenionkwas' (Mohawk)". Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  2. ^ "The Importance of Preserving Traditional Knowledge". Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  3. ^ "A Traditional Mohawk's View of Reality". Keene State College. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  4. ^ Vincent Schilling (2011-06-25). "Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community Celebrates the Strawberries". Indian Country Today Media Network. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  5. ^ "More Than Words - Mohawk Language and Cultural Revitalization in New York. Lisa Matthews Interview with Kay Olan of Kanatsiohareke". Cultural Survival. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  • Tom Porter/Sakokwenionkwas (2006). Kanatsiohareke: Traditional Mohawk Indians Return to their Ancestral Homeland. Bowman Books.  

External links

  • Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community Official Website
  • Photose of 19th annual Strawberry Festival, from The Daily Gazette
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