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Mosaic is a portal to the past

160 students, Mohawks, artists work together

Gabby Hyney works on a mosaic detailing the Mohawk creation story Thursday as part of her art class.
Photographer: John Enger
Gabby Hyney works on a mosaic detailing the Mohawk creation story Thursday as part of her art class.
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Before sitting down in Kathy VanLoan’s art class, Alex Renzi didn’t know much about the history of his hometown. Of course, the high school senior knew about old man Arkell, and the Beech-Nut plant, but to scroll back a few centuries to the days when Canajoharie was inhabited solely by Mohawk Indians, and his mind went blank. “I didn’t know anything about the great turtle or anything like that,” Alex said. According to VanLoan, most ...


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