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Mohawk Indian community to celebrate first berry of summer

Mohawk Indian storyteller Kay Olan will be a part of the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Indian Strawberry Festival this weekend at the Kanat-siohareke complex in Fonda. Food, arts and crafts, music and dance are other featured attractions. (Photo courtesy Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Indian Community)
Mohawk Indian storyteller Kay Olan will be a part of the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Indian Strawberry Festival this weekend at the Kanat-siohareke complex in Fonda. Food, arts and crafts, music and dance are other featured attractions. (Photo courtesy Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Indian Community)
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Kay Olan knows the strawberry statement. “The strawberry is part of the natural world for us,” said Olan, a Mohawk Indian storyteller who lives in Saratoga Springs. “We consider the strawberry, the wild strawberry, to be the leader of the berries because it’s the first one to ripen and then all of the other berries follow suit. When that strawberry ripens, we are reassured that everything will continue as it should.” The time is ripe ...


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