Sculpture for peace: Artwork planned to honor Natives

PHOTO PROVIDEDA drawing of a turtle, prepared by nationally-recognized Mohawk artist Natasha Smoke Santiago, is a sneak peak at a clay sculpture she is working on to be located at Peace Point Park in the City of Plattsburgh. According to Plattsburgh resident and Mohawk descendant Emily Stacey, the turtle is sacred to Haudenosaunee culture and is key to the Creation Story. “We chose the turtle, because of his significance, not just to the Creation Story, but to the Mohawks today," she said. Drawn on the turtle's shell are various symbols that also relate to that story, like a drawing of corn, wheat and squash.