Babe and Carla Hemlock will demonstrate how to make cradleboards from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor.
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 Hemlock creates the textiles that cover the cradleboards.
The elaborate cradleboard on display in “Hodinohso:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation” was 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. They repeated their win in 2014.
The event is included with with admission to the Seneca Art and Culture Center, and free for Friends of Ganondagan members.
Visitors can visit the full-size Bark Longhouse replica while at this event. The Longhouse closes for the season on Nov. 1.
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