Still from Oheró:kon - Under the Husk
Still from Oheró:kon - Under the Husk
 

Ohero:kon – Under the Husk

by Katsitsionni Fox
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.
2017  ·  27m  ·  United States
English, Mohawk
English subs
About the Film
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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Festivals and Awards
Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Best Short Documentary
imagineNATIVE, Best Emerging Filmmaker
2016
Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival, Winner
2016
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Official Selection
2016
American Indian Film Festival 41, Official Selection
2017
Syracuse International Film Festival, Official Selection, Spring Fest
2016
LA Skins Fest , Official Selection
Editor
Victoria Catherine Chan
Cinematographer
Katsitsionni Fox, Marie-Cécile Dietlin and Paul Rickard
Narration
Martha Lickers
Sound Editor
Francis Gauthier
Additional Footage
Raienkonnis Edwards, Karonhianonha Francis and Amalli Nalli
Soundtrack Composer
Robby Baier
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