We would like to thank the people from Kahnawake who helped chop, stack and store the wood for the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community on the weekend of October 24, 2009. We couldn't have done it without your generous efforts.
Year round, there is always something for every community member to do at Kanatsiohareke. An average week can mean anything from plowing, planting, repairing, building, or hosting a cultural event. In addition to what they do on site, some community members also hold full time employment outside of Kanatsiohareke.
During the spring and summer, community members plant and tend to vegetable and berry gardens. Year round there is the care and feeding of of Black Angus and Peidmont cattle which are raised for beef. Then there are horses, like our Belgians who are used for everything from pulling the plow to prepare our corn fields, to taking our guests and family members for a memorable tour around Kanatsiohareke. We also have Appalousa's, and others to keep us company. There is an advantage to having these beautiful animals in that the manure is used to fertilize our soil for our agricultural needs, as we would prefer the organic method to grow our plants, as well as our Sacred Tobacco to use at our ceremonies throughout the year.
Throughout the year, we provide workshops for various groups; children and/or adults, native and non-native about our history and culture. We also host University and College students in our Work Exchange Program, wherein we provide evening educational workshops about our native origins and traditions in return for students' help with needed renovations around Kanatsiohareke. We may also have an inpromptu social as well. Cornell University, Sarah Lawrence College, Virgina Polytech, and the College of William and Mary are among the various students that have visited Kanatsiohareke. At times, many of these students have even continued to visit Kanatsiohareke to this day.