Six Nations mourns passing of knowledge keeper

Six Nations is remembering a renowned teacher and knowledge keeper Terrylynn Brant.

Brant, born Feb. 2, 1960, passed after a two-month long battle with a fungal infection.


Hundreds have expressed an outpouring of condolences for the former educator at OMSK elementary school and traditional knowledge keeper at her home in “frog pond”on Six Nations on Dec. 3 surrounded by her family.


Brant (nee Powless) is being remembered for her vast knowledge of plants and traditional Haudenosaunee practices and culture.


Family made the announcement of her passing via social media, saying Brant died of mucormycosis — a rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds that are naturally present in the environment but most often found in soil, compost and decaying leaves.


Terrylynn – Será:sera – Brant is survived by her four daughters, grandchildren, siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Brant, of the Kanyen’kehá:ka Tekarihoken (Mohawk turtle clan) family, was the daughter of the late Atsyà:kta-kenha James Powless and Katsi’tsyo-kenha Theda Powless (née Squire-Hill).


She was the mother of Theda (Don), Tawnya (Cody), Dakota, and Jesse (Chuckie) with her former husband and co-parent Richard Brant.


She was the beloved partner of the late Martin Smith and much-loved sister of James Powless, Jr., Lynda Powless and Wendy Joanne Powless.


She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers Terry, Lynn “Flaky” and Delwood “Woody” Hill.


Greatly missed Tótah of Jaxson White, Chloe, Graye and Kaori Smith; Lokki & Kylo Laforme-Brant; Sakarakhotáhsi Burnam; Yonte’seróntye’s and Atsìryak’s Brant-Gamble.


She is remembered as a loving aunt and great-aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held December 6, at 11 a.m. at the Mohawk longhouse.

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