Arawenrate Wakeniato (Lawrence Laughing) Akwesasni Mohawk (Keeper of the Faith)
In this workshop, you will learn songs from award-winning Native American arist Lawrence Laughing (Ahrawenrateh) and have the opportunity to participate in a round dance. The round dance begins by acknowledging our own grief, recognizing that we all carry grief, then moving through it to allow it to return to the circle of life. All are welcome.
Arawenrate Wakeniato (Lawrence Laughing) Akwesasni Mohawk (Keeper of the Faith) is among a new generation of Native American singers that is bringing its traditional music and culture into a more contemporary setting. With his deeply resonant voice, Lawrence Laughing (Mohawk) turns his music into heartfelt prayers that honor all of human life. In the Mohawk language, the title of this recording is ‘Onen enska ne-io-kwa-ni-kon-ra’ and is a traditional phrase used to acknowledge a prayer. Accompanied by a unique collection of ethnic acoustic instruments (Native flute, bowed zither, guitars, cittern, oud, bass, hoop drum, resonating stones and more), Laughing expresses compassion for our struggles, respect for courage, and gratitude for love.