Our Stories

  • All
  • Art & Artisans
  • Food & Drink
  • History & Culture
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • People & Places

The Akwesasr:onon, people of Akwesasne, and our community are vibrant and unique with a rich history spanning centuries. There are many ways in which Akwesasne and our people are described and the use of certain terms varies depending on the topic, perspectives, and individual preferences.

In the spring, you can often spot white smoke billowing out of homes around Akwesasne. This is when wah:ta oh:ses (maple sap) flows and it’s to make maple syrup. The spring season is here and it is a time to celebrate. These billows of white smoke mark where residential sugar shacks are beginning to process the maple sap they have been collecting since early March.

After centuries of cultural oppression and genocide, which left lasting marks on generations to come, many Native Peoples have embraced their cultures and languages. This embrace, especially by the youth, has spurred a remarkable cultural revitalization, which is alive and well in Akwesasne.

“We who have gathered together are responsible that our cycle continues. We have been given the duty to live in harmony with one another and other living things.”

These are the opening words of the Ohenten Kariwatekwen, also known as the Thanksgiving Address.

For centuries Mohawks have lived in harmony with mother nature and lived off the land. We were hunters, gatherers, trappers, fishermen, and farmers.

According to the Akwesasne Cultural Portrait, “The Mohawk people have always known that they are to only take what they need from Mother Earth, including plants and wildlife.”

The Akwesasne Mohawk community has had a long history of military service. For hundreds of years, this thriving Mohawk nation and its people have made the sacrifice of their sons and daughters to ensure peace and safety in the USA and Canada.

You will find stunning, intricate Mohawk baskets throughout Akwesasne. These hand-woven creations adorn shelves and decorate office buildings all over the Akwesasne nation.

We are said to have the highest number of basket makers in any one community among the Iroquois Confederacy. Just ask someone you meet if they make baskets or if a relative does and they will likely answer yes.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought a lot of changes in its wake, but it has also inspired some creativity and ingenuity. Local artisans draw on their culture and traditional knowledge to create masks that are truly works of art that raise awareness of Indigenous communities and share messages of resiliency.

© Traditional Lacrosse

You might be a fan of lacrosse or even a lacrosse player, but do you know where lacrosse came from?

Lacrosse is actually an ancient sport first practiced by Indigenous tribes in North America. To the Haudenosaunee, the game is a gift from the Creator, a medicine game for men used for healing and to lift the spirits of the people.

Akwesasne Cultural Center Museum

Akwesasne Mohawk people are part of the Haudenosaunee, which means the “people of the longhouse” or “people who build a house.” The Haudenosaunee are often referred to as the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.

While the members of this alliance have some shared cultural traditions and history, each nation has its own identity and practices.


  • Phone: 518-358-4238
  • Email: info@akwesasne.travel


2 weeks ago

Akwesasne Travel

Akwesasne has several very special public events throughout the year with arts and crafts, locally made food and sometimes cultural performances. Many of our annual events are centered around the arts, making it a great time to visit, meet artisans and learn more about their craft. You will often find local food vendors serving food grown in their own gardens or harvested locally.While you plan your visit add an Akwesasne Travel Cultural Tour! Tour details in the link akwesasne.travel/mohawk-cultural-tours/ to have the full Akwesasne Experience! Give us a call at 518.358.4238 or email tours@akwesasne.travel if you have tour inquiries & bookings!Hope to see you! Niawen!

... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 month ago

Akwesasne Travel

Akwesasne Travel awarded Tribal Destination of the Year at the 2022 American Indian Tourism Conference, hosted by AIANTA, American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association. Incredibly honored to receive this award at this years #AITC2022. Akwesasne Travel is a community-based tourism organization; creating immersive experiences that celebrate our vibrant culture and lands. We are so honored to share and celebrate the stories of our people and our home. We are resilient. We are indigenous. We are here. Our journey is just beginning 🌱📸 (left to right) Sherry Rupert, CEO. Akwesasne Travel - Raeann Adams, Latoya Rourke, Penny Peters. Emerson Vallo, President#DiscoverNativeAmerica #culture #tourism #storytelling #turtleisland #akwesasnetravel #indigenouswisdom #mohawkspirit #akwesasne #indigenous

... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook