Under the Husk – Rights of Passage, a documentary film by Katsitsionni Fox


November 26, 2 pm - 4 pm

Film and talk by director / Producer: Katsitsionni Fox
Free and Open to the Public


“Under the Husk” is a documentary about the resurgence of the Rites of Passage Ceremony for youth in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne.  “Under the Husk” offers an inside view through the eyes of two young Mohawk women as they embark on a road less traveled journeying through their traditional passage rites and on to womanhood. This Rites of Passage ceremony was revived by Mohawk Bear Clan Mother Louise McDonald Herne in a desperate attempt to remedy social ills the youth faced such as drug abuse, domestic violence, self harm, suicide and loss of culture and language.

This film documents this phenomenon and how it has grown over the past ten years, from 7 youth participants to now over 90 youth each year. This “movement” has an energy of it’s own, and has brought together a factioned community.  It has had a far-reaching effect, with sister communities following suit in these teachings. It documents these young women and their transition, their struggles, and how it has affected their lives as young adults.