Community Invited to Temporary Relocation Ceremony for John Saiowisakeron Fire Statue

Onerahtohko:wa/May 1, 2014

TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE — The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is inviting the community of Akwesasne to attend a temporary relocation ceremony today, May 1st, at 3pm, for the statue of John Saiowisakeron Fire. The event will be held in front of the Angus Mitchell Memorial Building in the village of Kana:takon, which is directly across the road from Saiowisakeron‘s original homestead.

For several months, MCA has been seeking input from the community on where the statue should be permanently located. The Angus Mitchel Memorial Building will serve as a temporary location for the statue until a final location is identified. Once a permanent location has been determined, a ceremonial event will be held to commemorate the statue’s final resting place. 

The statue was recently removed from its original location on Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island) in order for it to be repaired and treated by MCA staff.  It is now in excellent condition and ready to stand for many more years.  

MCA welcomes community members to join them at 3pm today to welcome John Saiowisakeron Fire’s return to Kana:takon on the 115th year anniversary of his passing. There will be a public unveiling of the statue’s restoration, followed by remarks from MCA Grand Chief Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell.