Storyteller: Laura

Languages: English and Mohawk

About the story: Laura reflects on the importance of learning language as a legacy to her husband.

Learn more: In Laura’s story, her garden becomes a source of strength as she struggles with loss. The earth connects her to her culture, and helps her find clarity in her life. Our teaching shares about the three sisters—corn, beans and squash—and their cultural significance to Haudenosaunee people. We also share the Mohawk song from Laura’s story. Skana, which means peace, is sung by Laura and her daughter.

Culture and Language Activities

Three Sisters Teaching

Cultural Teaching: Kate and Erica share Haudenosaunee teachings about the Three Sisters who are corn, beans, and squash.

Skana Song

Creative Activity: Laura and her daughter sing us the Mohawk song Skana, which means peace.