Kaien’kehaka Raotitiohkwa Cultural Center Ionkwateientare ne Kahnawa’kehronon tsi niionkwaweiennoten Awareness of Kahnawake’s Roots
The mission of the Kanien’kehaka Raotitiohkwa Cultural Center, a vital and dedicated catalyst for community change, is to lead and support all Kahnawakehró:non to practice, maintain, respect, renew and enhance Kanien’keha language, beliefs, values, customs and traditions through the development, delivery and sharing with all peoples, cultural and educational activities which will ensure the continued existence of our present and future generations as Kanien’kehaka.
The Kanien’kehaka Raotitiohkwa Cultural Center was established in 1978 to preserve, promote and enrich the language and culture of the Mohawks of Kahnawake. We also promote awareness of Mohawk history to the non-Native communities and institutions surrounding Kahnawake. The Center serves as a cultural resource center with a specialized library/documentation center, an exhibit area, and a photographic archive.
An exhibit area allows visitors to learn basic facts about the people of Kahnawake and the Iroquois Confederacy. A guided tour will explain the origins of the Confederacy, our political and social organization, our creation story, and ceremonies. Visitors can also view a 12-minute video. The Cultural Center has a 1,500 item collection of material culture, including pottery, baskets, beadwork, ironworker’s tools, and other items of significance to the history and culture of Kahnawake.
Nearly 5,000 historical photographs, documents, and drawings have been collected from the community and other sources. This unique visual record of Kahnawake’s history consists of original photographs, cartes des visites, and tintypes dating back over 100 years.
LIBRARY AND DOCUMENTATION CENTER
The library houses over 5,000 books and articles which focus on Iroquoian people generally, and Mohawks specifically. The library includes audio and video tapes, microfilm and microfiche, map reproductions, and other relevant documents.
Administration Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Library/Exhibit House: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Weekends by appointment Admission: $3.00 for guided tour Wheelchair Accessible The facility can accommodate a maximum of 20 visitors at a time. Larger groups can be managed with the proper advance notice.
Kanien’kehaka Raotitiohkwa Cultural Center Postal Box 969 Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, via Quebec J0L 1B0 Tel: (450) 638-0880 Fax: (450) 638-0920