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Ohero:kon - Under the Husk

Katsitsionni Fox / United States / 2017 / 27 ' / English - Mohawk / S.T. English


Victoria Catherine Chan
Katsitsionni Fox, Marie-Cécile Dietlin & Paul Rickard
Francis Gauthier
Robby Baier
Narration: Martha Lickers
Additional Footage: Raienkonnis Edwards, Karonhianonha Francis, Amalli Nalli

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Awards & Festivals

Best Short Documentary, Canadian Diversity Film Festival
Best Emerging Filmmaker, imagineNATIVE
Winner, Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival 2016
Official Selection, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2016
Official Selection, American Indian Film Festival 41, 2016, San Francisco
Official Selection, Spring Fest 2017, Syracuse International Film Festival
Official Selection, LA Skins Fest 2016

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A heartfelt treatment of how two First Nations women in New York State connect to their culture through a multi-year "coming of age" ceremony.


UNDER THE HUSK follows two Mohawk girls on their journey to become Mohawk women. Friends since childhood, Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are members of the traditional community of Akwesasne on the U.S./Canada border. Together, they undertake a four-year rite of passage for adolescents, called Oheró:kon, or “under the husk.” The ceremony had been nearly extinct, a casualty of colonialism and intergenerational trauma; revived in the past decade by two traditional leaders, it has since flourished.

Filmmaker Katsitsionni Fox has served as a mentor, or “auntie,” to many youth going through the passage rites. In UNDER THE HUSK, Fox shares two girls’ journey through adolescence, as they rise to the tasks of Oheró:kon, learning traditional practices such as basket making and survival skills as well as contemporary teachings about sexual health and drug and alcohol prevention.

UNDER THE HUSK is a personal story of a traditional practice challenging young girls spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically, shaping the women they become.


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