Written by Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden) and illustrated by his son Kahionhes (John Fadden). These teaching tales were first published in pamphlet form by the Six Nations Museum or the Akwesasne Mohawk Counselor Organization. These stories which have been kept alive by Tehanetorens are more than children’s entertainment. They provide us with another way to see the world. They teach us the history of this land, and the proper way for human beings to live together here.
Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden) was a master storyteller in the Mohawk tradition and author of Legends of the Iroquois. During his lifelong career as a teacher, he has established youth groups at Akwesasne to promote native values and served as president of the Indian Defense League of North America. In 1954 he founded the Six Nations Indian Museum near Onchiota, NY, to serve as a cultural center for tribal people in the Six Nations region. The museum collection contains a number of pieces produced by Tehanetorens himself during his lifetime. Tehanetorens passed away in 2008 at the age of 98, and the museum continues to be operated by his family.