Six Nations Tourism features renowned local artist

SIX NATIONS — Six Nations Tourism celebrates the opening of a new art installation featuring local Six Nations artist, Arnold Jacobs.

“Six Nations Tourism works with local artists to portray the true history and culture of the Six Nations People,” says Constance Jamieson, Six Nations Tourism manager. “We value and appreciate the local talent that we have here on Six Nations and we are delighted to be able to feature such a renowned artist.”

Jacobs is the owner of Two Turtle Art Gallery located on the Six Nations Reserve. His artistic images range from contemporary graphics and realism, to the mystical which reveal his deeply felt emotions and pride in his Haudenosaunee heritage. His versatility has also lead Jacobs to create a clothing design line, clan jewelry, framed art cards, and even architecture. Jacobs’ installation includes an original painting depicting the Haudenosaunee creation story valued at more than $50,000, as well as many prints that showcase Haudenosaunee history and culture both in the past and in the present.

Jacobs is an Onondaga artist raised within the traditional culture and language of Six Nations of the Grand River territory, where he resides with his family. He works are an expression of his connection to his spirituality; his symbols of the earth and sky, water, wind, thunder, moon and sun, along with other related themes depicts the traditional ways of the Haudenosaunee, their clans and culture.

In addition to the installation, visitors will also be able to take a guided tour of the Six Nations Tourism Centre by Cultural Co-ordinator, Alysha Longboat. Here they will be able to hear about Haudenosaunee culture and local history as well as view black ash baskets created by Kimberly White-Atkins and Haudenosaunee raised beadwork and replica wampum belts created by Yvonne Thomas, from the Jake Thomas Learning Centre.

The installation is open to the public, free of charge during regular business hours Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 2498 Chiefswood Rd, Ohsweken, Ont. The installation will be on display until July 2017.

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