O'whahsa' Hoods 


Leah explores the concept of the O’whahsa’ (hood in Oneida language) as a metaphor for protection, comfort, and healing during her exhibition at the Longyear Museum of Anthropology at Colgate University in 2013. On a deeper level, the hood also symbolizes the dome of Sky- world, the origin of Haudenosaunee people and the place to which they will ultimately return. The work included in this dramatic exhibition includes three-dimensional textile sculptures, wearable textile art and jewelry, and the artist’s own interpretations of feathered smudging tools, widely used as a Native American healing device.  

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 ©Leah Shenandoah 2015