The Life-Giving Pottery of Katsitsionni Fox
“When I'm making pots, I'm thinking all the way back to creation.” - Katsitionni Fox
Welcome to this final episode of Seedcast’s second season, a story full of heart and warmth about the power of intention. Katsitsionni Fox (Haudenosaunee artist, Bear Clan) takes us inside her studio and shares how making clay pots connects her to her ancestors, the women who made pots for daily use in Akwesasne, a Mohawk Territory in upstate New York.
The practice of making these pots was lost for generations and the clay earth itself was contaminated, but now Katsitsionni and others are revitalizing this traditional craft with great care, sharing teachings across tribes, nations and generations. Making “grandmother clay pots,” Katsitsionni incorporates her cultural practice of gratitude while cultivating the curiosity of a new generation of potters. She has built deep relationships with the clay and shares her teachings with us: “If everybody was having that intention every day to be grateful and thankful and to acknowledge all of our relatives, this world would be a different place.”
See Katsitsionni Fox’s pottery on her Instagram.
Katsitsionni is also an award-winning director and is creating a film for the second season of Reciprocity Project, a collaboration between Nia Tero and Upstander Project.
Host: Jessica Ramirez. Producer: Taylor Hensel. Story Editor: Jenny Asarnow
Seedcast is a production of Nia Tero, a global nonprofit which supports Indigenous land guardianship around the world through policy, partnership, and storytelling initiatives.
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