Art was such a foundational aspect for mom. Here she used it brilliantly in education. For those of you not from Upstate New York, the Haudenosaunee are the Iroquois Confederacy, the sophisticated Native American civilization founded in 1142 and considered the oldest living participatory democracy on earth. The Confederation inspired Our Founders such as Ben Franklin, the joining of the 13 colonies into a single nation and many of our democratic principles.
Mom always used art to engage her students. She celebrated all cultures, and she never forgot where she came from; Trinidad, landed upon by Christopher Columbus in 1498 and named for the Holy Trinity. The island is truly a salad bowl of Amerindian, British, French, Spanish, African, Chinese, Indian, and Middle Easterners. Their Mardi Gras Carnival is the 7th largest. Mom was part of a group of Syracuse Trinis who brought T&T Carnivals to downtown Syracuse. I gather she even made costumes for her students. Mayor Roy Bernardi even accepted her invitation.