Artists We Represent
Beverly Doxtator (Mohawk)
Beverly resides on the Six Nations Reserve in Canada.
Robin Lazore (Mohawk)
Robin, who lives in Akwesasne, has been making baskets for over 25 years. She uses black ash splint, locally-grown sweetgrass, and dyes to create both plain (traditional) Hodinöhsö:ni’-style and fancy baskets in a variety of shapes and sizes. Robin is known for her pineapple and strawberry twist baskets and items that incorporate colorful decorative patterns. As is traditional with Mohawk basket makers, she uses splinters and gauges to create the splints that have been pounded from black ash trees and wooden forms to ensure baskets that are uniform in size and shape.
Penelope Minner (Seneca) Turtle Clan
Baskets, cornhusk dolls, graphic arts
Penny is a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Turtle Clan, and lives on the Allegany Territory. She is a fourth-generation traditional artist in making baskets and cornhusk dolls. Both Penny and her sister Deb Hoag make baskets in the traditional Seneca way, which means that they use no forms to make the shapes and sizes. She is also a well-known graphic artist, who received her associates degree from Ray College of Design in Schaumburg, Illinois and is working on her bachelor’s degree in graphic design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Penny is available for workshops and demonstrations to groups. For more information, go to www.senecanation.com/ or contact her at email@example.com.
Antoinette Scott (Seneca)
Cornhusk dolls and beadwork
Antoinette is a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, who lives on the Cattaraugus Territory. Her work has been recognized not only regionally, but she was the featured artist at the National Museum of the American Indian’s “Experience the Harvest” in 2009. Antionette is known for her finely made dolls that are dressed in the period dating from the mid-1700s to the early 1800s. She is also available for workshops. For more information, go to www.senecanation.com or contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luis R. Lee (Seneca) Beaver Clan
Beadwork and wood carving
Luis Robert Lee was born on the Seneca Nation's Allegany Indian Reservation, Quaker Bridge, NY. He is a member of the Seneca Beaver Clan. His clan name, Guin Yah Geyh, means "Something from the clouds" and was given to him by his maternal grandmother in the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Longhouse.
Luis worked as a connector on the high steel with his father while obtaining his BFA degree in Advertising Design from Syracuse University. After working his way up the corporate world, Luis finished his "big business" career as Director of Packaging at Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd., in Ontario, Canada. He then formed his own boutique design firm specializing in packaging design and consulting with major national and international clients. He has won many prestigious graphic design awards.
Luis, a former lacrosse player, now coaches high school lacrosse in Connecticut. He has played for the Newtown Athletic Club (Iroquois Can/Am box lacrosse leagues), Syracuse University and the New York City and New Jersey lacrosse clubs.
In his spare time, Luis creates beadwork jewelry, horn rattles, Quahog "wampum" shell necklaces and earrings, decorated tomahawks, canoe paddles, and box lacrosse sticks, and, most recently, Gastowas (Iroquois headdress). The designs are based on the tradition, color, and style of the Haudenosaunee; they are unique but faithful to the American Indian heritage.
Each piece created by Luis is, by its very nature, one of a kind and all are a joy to wear or collect by both Native and non-Native people. LRLee1@cox.net
Hayden Haynes- (Seneca) Deer Clan
Artist statement and resume:
"I make my art first and foremost as a hobby. I also enjoy the time spent on creating pieces: it allows me to do a lot of thinking and reflecting on many things in my life. I like to challenge myself to create different and harder sculptures. Primarily, I work with soapstone and antlers. My art signifies many aspects of Iroquois and Native American culture. I create pieces to represent traditional stories, clans, and anything else that a customer wants represented in the custom pieces that I do. I use a Dremel tool to create most of my art but when I work with soapstone, I do a lot of the pieces with a knife and sandpaper. My art is important to me because it is a gift I was given."
"I am a self taught artist whom has had no formal education on carving and sculpting. I have always managed to create art simply through ideas and thoughts in my mind that I manage to transfer into the work I do. Some of my work is on display at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and other works have been shown at the Seneca Nation Fall Festival and the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel."
(Hayden's statements taken from the Native Roots Artist Guild 2011 membership Directory)
Susanne Rose Sanford - (Seneca) Turtle Clan
Beads, quills, corn husk, wood, leather, gourds
Since a very young age I have been fascinated by the tiny glass beads and the many colors that shine through them.
I have had the opportunity to travel across the USA and into Canada participating in Pow wow's, Traditional gatherings and other Festivals, sharing my talents with others. I have been very blessed over the past 45 years; during this time my artwork has won several ribbons and prizes.
These art pieces have received a tremendous amount of compliments from people that were clients and now I consider my friends.
The encouragement and well wishes have kept me focused on extending my talents to the extreme in furthuring the use of other art mediums and manipulating the tiny glass beads, incorporating natural stones, gems, metals, wood, corn husk, moose hair, horse hair, gourds and leather into art forms that honor all who have encouraged me.
I consider art work and Seneca way of life, my full time passion.
- Susanne Sanford
Taken from the Native Roots Artists Guild 2011 Membership Directory
Tom Huff - (Seneca, Cayuga) Deer Clan
Mixed media, found objects sculpture
Tom Huff is a stone sculptor working in a variety of stones, styles and themes, traditional and comtemporary and also creates mixed media/found object sculpture. In much of his work, Huff addresses the current situation of Native Americans mixing cultural, stereotypical, political and autobiographical elements.
He began carving stone, wood and antler at home, inspired by the artists at the Cattaraugus Seneca Nation, and later attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (AFA 1979) in Santa Fe, NM, and the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1984).
Currently, he is an adjunct professor @ the Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY, teaching an annual summer stone carving/Iroquois Art course with other native artists.
Tom curates the following shows: The Nuclear Indian Series, a solo installation; Tonto Revisited: Indian Stereotypes, and exhibit of found objects and images; and group exhibitions of contemporary Iroquois artists from the Six Nation Iroquois Confederacy.
Tom is also a writer whose prose and poetry have been published, and is the editor of Stonedust, an Iroquois art newsletter. He also maintains a website, www.stonedust.com, an online gallery of Iroquois artists and art news.
A former Trustee of the Iroquois Museum in Howes Cave, NY, he has served on various boards and committees of the Everson Museum, Syracuse Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia and Atlatl, a National Native Arts Organization in Phoenix, AZ..
Tom presently lives on the Onondaga Nation near Syracuse, NY, with his wife, sculptor Trudi Shenandoah, his son Charlie, and daughter, Kali, where he maintains a carving studio.
- Tom Huff
Taken from the Native Roots Artists Guild 2011 Membership Directory