Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
53 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-4289


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Events, Exhibits & Workshops

Bead-working / Beadwork & Regalia Workshop

  • "My Family" Akwesasne Beadwork & Regalia Workshops: Saturday, June 15th 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Multigenerations welcome!)
  • All participants will make a beaded artistic piece that they can take home after the workshop

Artists Marlana Thompson & Kaiahtenhtas Thompson teach beadwork and decorative regalia making in the style of the Akwesasne Mohawk community they are from. Marlana incorporates all the life elements in her works of art, combining traditional touches with the styles of today.

Designs are tailored to reflect each personís individuality with the use of various mediums, and works to create large-scale pieces for purses, jackets, and wall displays, including smaller adornment items including pins, pendants, and earrings. They combine multiple types of beads and techniques in each piece, resulting in highly textured surfaces, and gravitates to natural imagery of plants and insects as well as culturally symbolic imagery including devising designs based on Mohawk creation stories in pieces that are nonetheless open to interpretation.


Register online here

Next Crepes, Coffee & Tea days are:

Wednesday June 19th and Saturday, June 22nd 10a-2p

Featuring new menu items and drinks!

Now Showing:

Akhwatsi:re - My Family

The Beadwork & Regalia of

Marlana & Kaiahtenhtas Thompson

"Akhwatsi:re (My Family) is a visual representation of the love and gratitude I have for my family. The respect for all my family who have taught me important artist skills, allowing me to carry on my mohawk traditional art and contemporary designs."

-Marlana Thompson Baker



TAUNY Seeks Volunteers for its Public Programs

Click the link below to fill out the 2024 Volunteer Registration Form: 

**For a non digital form, please visit The TAUNY Center**

Space Available for Rent

Artist Studio or Office spaces available at The TAUNY Center, located at 53 Main St. Canton, NY.

Studio space available during TAUNY business hours: Monday-Thursday 10a-5p, Friday 10a-6p, Saturday 10a-5p

Contact TAUNY Executive Director Joshua Vink for more information.


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