Virtual Spring Craft Fair Vendor, Sayo’:kla Kindness/Williams ni’:yukya’ts
Welcome to Woodland Cultural Centre’s First Virtual Spring Craft Fair!
Woodland Cultural Centre, Six Nations Tourism, Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association, Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, and Six Nations Arts & Crafts are hosting, selling, and promoting Indigenous crafts, art, and products during the Virtual Craft Fair.
Be sure to check out our Facebook Event Page to follow along this exciting Craft Fair!
Meet Artisan Sayo’:kla Kindness/Williams ni’:yukya’ts
Sayo’:kla is originally from Oneida, WI. She is a lifelong activist, world traveler, mother of 3 and artist. Her resistance beadwork/artwork is an expression of her commitment to environmental justice and ukwehu:we.
As a young woman, Sayo’:kla travelled to Kahnawake Mohawk Territories during the Oka Crisis in 1990 and that experience had a great influence on her and shaped her life pathway. Sayo’:kla currently resides in Brantford, Ontario, outside of Six Nations of the Grand River, moving to the area so her youngest child could study Kanyen’ke’ha (Mohawk) and enrolled him at first at Gaweni’:yo and later at Skaronhyase’Ko’:ka. During her time in the area, Sayo’:kla has been able to connect to the northern resistance and struggle: Wet’suwet’en, Land Back Movement, and 215 Residential School genocide and systematic oppression.
Sayo’:kla received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College, an ivy-league women’s college in Massachusetts. Major: Sociology/Minor: Indigenous Women Studies. The first Indigenous woman to appeal to the College to study her own language rather than study a 2cd language of the colonizers. Sayokla participated in direct actions at MHC, students demanding cultural space and that the college maintain current and sustainable scholarship funding levels for women of color. In 1997, before graduation, she legally changed her name and put away her colonized name to utilize her unkwehuwe- true name every day. Sayo’:kla (It Snows Again) received her name and it was announced when she was 13 years old at Oneida Thames kahnuses.
After graduating from MHC, Sayo’:kla worked for Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) as the Mining Campaign Coordinator from 1999-2004. Working with frontline Indigenous communities threatened by mining and advocating on the behalf of the rights of Indigenous Peoples at various United Nations meetings. Sayo’:kla remains connected to IEN and is a member of their Board of Directors and appointed Treasurer.
Sayokla has worked as a Native American Sexual Assault Advocate and continues to educate on the connections between gender violence and the destruction of Mother Earth. She went on to complete her master’s degree in Business Administration and is currently the Indigenous Caucus Coordinator for the Western Mining Action Network.
Sayo’:kla will soon be returning to Wisconsin, to reunite as a family with her eldest daughter. Her time in the area has been an amazing journey and part of her personal Just Transition. Yawanko
Items Available to Purchase From Sayo’:kla Kindness/Williams ni’:yukya’ts
Two Row Earrings
Wampum Earrings Round
1 inch wampum center cabs. Size 11 Delica, grade A rhinestone banding. Backed with rainbow vinyl. Dangle style ear hook.
“HAUDEONSAUNEE NI:I”: LAND BACK NOW
Land Back Protector Sign. Work in progress. All designs complete. Featuring Turtle Island, Tree of Peace, Land Back Protest Bus/flags placed as a blockade on Rt.6 in 2021. Item will will be fully beaded with a beaded handle. 12 ×12inches. Beaded with mostly Size 11 True Cuts and delicas.
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