Detour: A Small Church by the River

Depression and anxiety defined my experience in Akwesasne. Really, any time I left the motel, I considered it a win. 

I'm not religious, but Catholicism is an important thread for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. In Akwesasne, you are likely either Catholic or a "traditionalist," someone who goes to the Longhouse. Because Longhouse traditions are typically closed to non-members or visitors, but I did attend mass one Sunday.

Here are some fun facts about the experience: 

  • In 2016, the church leadership opted to start conducting parts of mass in the Mohawk language as a way of bringing it back into the culture. Most members are not fluent. 
  • The stone building, pictured here, was built in 1795 and can be found in the Quebec corner of the reservation. 
  • Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint, was a Mohawk. She was canonized in 2012. 
 The St. Regis Mohawk Church, located in Kahnawake, Canada. 

The St. Regis Mohawk Church, located in Kahnawake, Canada. 

The third episode of Good Grief is out Feb. 6. Listen here.