Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show

Meet Our Artists

Our Artists were selected by the merit of their work in Beadwork, Basketry, Traditional Arts, and Fine Arts Divisions. To see the amazing work they submitted to our show please come to our Native American Dance and Music Festival on July 22nd & 23rd where it will be on display in the Seneca Art & Culture Center. 

Bruce Boots (Mohawk): Bruce Boots is a Mohawk from Akwesasne, he owns a business call Akwesasne Artistic Services and has been painting for over 20 years. With a majority of his clientele looking for his historic and Mohawk culturally themed artwork, Bruce works based on commission. Typically, customers who have sought him out know what type of artwork they have in mind and Bruce brings those visions to life.

Dakota Brant (Mohawk): Teyotsihstokwathe Dakota Brant is Mohawk Turtle clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She travelled internationally as a cultural performing artist for nearly 15 years. She is owner of the Haudenosaunee lifestyle brand company, Sapling & Flint, alongside her twin sister Jesse, and has had her beadwork and clothing lines featured in fashion shows in Ontario, New York, New Mexico, and British Columbia. Launched in 2014, it has grown into an online store that caters to customers worldwide, and a flagship store “Sapling & Flint” in Ohsweken. Her designs can be found in 6 retail stores in Ontario, Quebec & New York.

Mary Clause (Mohawk): I have done raised beadwork for 45 years and have won numerous awards for my art work. I started competing in National Indian Art Markets since the 1980’s and have 10 best of show awards in Daytona, Ohio and Lawrence, Kansas. I am a retired Postal Worker and enjoy doing my beadwork fulltime. I have taught beadwork in the Tuscarora Cultural Program for over ten years. During my teaching career, I have developed a curriculum ranging from beginner Beaders lessons to more advanced Beader skills and have developed a beading stitch board. I enjoy working with other Native artists in developing new beading techniques in workshop settings. 

Ronni-Leigh & Stonehorse Goeman (Onondaga & Seneca): “When I weave a basket I share the living past of my people. I am able to pass on a traditional art form, as well as the stories of those who came before, intertwining the past, present, and future.”

Ronni-Leigh Goeman grew up on the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy located in Upstate New York. As a young girl, she became intrigued with the art of basket making and began making baskets as a teenager. As she grew older, many Traditional Iroquois women who taught her the importance of balancing old traditions with individuality influenced her work. One of these women, Mae Big Tree, a renowned basket maker from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation became her mentor.

Although Ronni-Leigh uses traditional Iroquois methods of basket making, she has evolved and elevated her art to another level, in that she collaborates and incorporates the work of Stonehorse Goeman. Stonehorse sculpts the bases for the baskets, thus creating “basket sculpture.” All of the basket sculptures are inspired and based on Iroquois and tradition. Each basket is elaborately woven, using ash, sweet grass, and embellished with moose hair and quill. The elaborate weaving and incorporation of sculpture creates a unique one of a kind presentation of “Iroquois basket sculpture.”

Ronni-Leigh’s artistry has earned her honors in Native American Art forums. She has garnered awards in contemporary, traditional, and mixed media basket making in prestigious shows such as; Santa Fe Indian Market, Eiteljong, where she was recently awarded Best of Show and Museum Purchase Award, Heard and Heard Basket Show, Cherokee Art Market, and Smithsonian NMAI.

Ronni-Leigh presently resides at the Onondaga Nation with her family. She has accomplished a B.S. in Psychology, a M.S. in Education, and an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work. She has shown that it is possible to maintain a balance between a traditional and contemporary lifestyle. While at home she divides her time making baskets with other traditional Iroquois Art Forms. 

Carrie Hill (Mohawk): Carrie Hill is from Akwesasne, NY, and has lived there her whole life. She started weaving baskets when her youngest daughter was a baby, and felt like it was something she was supposed to be doing. Carrie learned the art of black ash basketry from her aunt, who learned from her grandmother. Carrie also teaches interested people, including her oldest daughter, how to weave. She was awarded a Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts in 2015 in the category of Traditional/Folk Arts. Carrie has a piece in the U.S. Embassy in Swaziland, Africa being displayed for the next 2 years. 

Samantha Jacobs (Seneca): Gayawëö:wi’ ni ‘gya:söh, Onöndowa’ga’ ni’ah. She carries the word is my name, I am Seneca. Samantha Jacobs is my English name. I have been making beadwork since about the age of 10. I’ve been fortunate to have learned many of our Haudenosaunee arts and crafts from my mother and several other Elders. I learned from an early age that we need to share our knowledge so it is not lost. I have taken this to heart and do my best to share what I have learned so that far. I teach various community classes throughout the year through the SNI Cattaraugus Language & Culture department. I always encourage anyone who takes my classes to teach what have learned to others, pass on their knowledge. I hope my work and the work of my fellow Haudenosaunee Artists inspires others to learn more about our culture and heritage.

Peter B. Jones (Onondaga): Peter B. Jones is a renowned potter. He studied under Hopi artist Otellie Loloma while attending the Institute of American Indian Art in New Mexico. His pottery is admired and collected by community members, Native American art collectors, and museums across the country and internationally.  Reminiscent of early Iroquois pottery, Jones' art directly reflects the issues that have impacted the Haudenosaunee. His works are in traditional style, pit fired Iroquois pottery.  Jones operates a pottery workshop and studio on the Cattaraugus Territory, which is open by chance or appointment.  Jones is also available to conduct pottery workshops and classes for schools, community groups and other organizations.

Brandon Lazore (Onondaga/Mohawk): I am originally from Onondaga Nation/Syracuse, NY but currently reside in Akwesasne. I am a muralist and painter. I started painting murals around the city of Syracuse in 1997 as a graffiti artist on inner city corner stores. I currently do my painting canvases with oil and acrylic paints. I mix my graffiti background with my tradition and culture and produce my style of painting I call “traditional graffiti”. Other than painting canvas I do murals, sell prints of all my works, mat and frame prints, and sell T-shirts as Skydome Clothing. 

Robin Lazore (Mohawk): Robin Lazore, a Mohawk from Akwesasne, has been weaving baskets for over 35 years. Robin uses black ash splints and sweet grass, and the plaiting technique, to create fancy baskets, finely woven with intricate swirls and points combined into ornate patterns, in a variety of sizes and shapes. She is known for her strawberry, corn, and other traditional and innovative baskets.

“It feels good to have baskets in your home,” says Robin. “It wouldn’t feel like home without them. They are more than just baskets. They are like healing medicine. They give me strength. There is a power in them that comes from the earth and the weavers who make them.”

Robin began weaving in her teens, learning from elders Mary Jocko and Irene McDonald. Robin has taught her daughters to weave, and now teaches her granddaughters, as well as classes for youth and elders in the community, to continue the art tradition of the Mohawk Nation.

Penelope Minner (Seneca): I am Turtle clan and a member of the Seneca Nation on the Allegany Territory. By trade, I am a graphic designer, I have a strong passion for the Native Arts that I grew up with as a child, specifically traditional basket making.  I also enjoy making traditionally dressed corn husk dolls and beadwork. One of eleven children, my family is deeply rooted in the traditional arts. My father, Lester Jimerson was a wood carver and my mother, Hazel Jimerson was a cornhusk doll maker.

I would like to share my knowledge of traditional brown/black ash basketry. Before she passed away, I worked closely with my cousin, Midge Dean Stock, who was widely known in our region for her traditional baskets. I feel I’ve been handed the torch so to speak to continue this art form, my baskets are utilitarian baskets- the workhorse baskets (so to speak). Sharing this knowledge with the public and within the art community is greatly satisfying and increases my passion for this art form. I was taught to pass on what I learn- to give to others what was given to me and help inspire the next generation of artisans.

Niio Perkins (Mohawk): An award-winning fashion designer and business owner, whose work has been purchased by and exhibited at galleries throughout North America. Her seminal work, a Haudenosaunee woman’s traditional outfit entitled “Emma”, is currently on display in the Native Fashion Now exhibition. She incorporates natural materials, heirloom fabrics and antique goods in her work and designs each piece inspired by the vibrant artistic tradition of her people. An expert in the Iroquois raised beadwork technique, her distinctive creations are sought after throughout the Indigenous art world.  Niio is a Bear Clan woman of the Mohawk Nation and resides in Akwesasne, a Mohawk territory along the St Lawrence River between the U.S. and Canada.

Natasha Smoke Santiago (Mohawk): Natasha was born in Rochester, New York and brought up in the traditions of the Longhouse by a close knit extended family. Her grandparents were part of a Mohawk diaspora from Akwesasne, Oshweken and other parts of Iroquoia who found work in Rochester and established family there. The traditional void was filled by local cultural programming and frequent journeys to nearby Tonawanda and Onondaga. Her artistic talent blossomed early and was encouraged by family members, some of whom were also artisans. In her early teens, she returned to Akwesasne, her grandfather’s homeland, joining a wave of lost children returning to the Homeland. In Akwesasne her talent burst into a flame, which carries her to this day. She works in many mediums, chronicling traditional Haudenosaunee culture, contemporary life, the miracle of pregnancy and the beauty of the natural world. Her art sustains her spiritually, emotionally and financially as she builds for the future with her husband and children. Natasha is one of a handful of artists, historians and living history enthusiasts attempting to resurrect and further elevate the Iroquoian style of pottery. This traditional art was cast aside in the tumultuous past, becoming shattered fragments to mark where villages once stood. Through study with other nations and archeologists, the form has been snatched from the forgotten mists of time to once again enrich our lives. Natasha attempts to live sustainably on a small farm she works with her family. She regularly volunteers in her community of Akwesasne, and works with a group of farmers, teachers and artists.