Two Mohawk girls on a journey to becoming women, take part in their traditional passage rites ceremony.
Ohero:kon - Under the Husk” is a 26-min documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S. / Canada border. They both take part in a four- year adolescent passage rites ceremony called Oheró:kon “Under the Husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.
Katsitsionni has been making films since 2003 in the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, where she resides. Her credits include: Sacredly Stoked, a short drama related to the traditional uses of tobacco. This film was distributed across Ontario and partially funded by Cancer Care Ontario. She has also produced several short films that relate to domestic violence awareness and environmental awareness. Katsitsionni has a personal connection to this film “Ohero:kon - Under the Husk”. This Passage Rites Ceremony for the youth was revived in her community and she knew it was going to change their community forever. She felt compelled to document and share this story through the eyes of two Mohawk girls that courageously make this transition to become women.
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