Activist quilting with the New Paltz Piecemakers

July 15, 2013 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When the Akwesasne Freedom School – located at the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, which straddles the border between New York and Canada on the St. Lawrence River – holds its annual quilt auction, one of the most anticipated items is the quilt made by the Piecemakers of New Paltz. For 17 years, this group of mostly women has been contributing a quilt to help support the school, which teaches children all subjects in their native Mohawk language. The Piecemaker quilts have sold for as much as $6,200, according to former longtime New Paltz resident Kay Olan, a member of the Piecemakers who now lives in Saratoga Springs and has ties to the territory (which is also known as the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation).
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