Tehanetorens is a master storyteller in the Mohawk tradition and also author of Legends of the Iroquois and Wampum Belts. During his lifelong career as a teacher, he established youth groups at Akwesasne to promote native values and served as president of the Indian Defense League of America. He founded the Six Nations Indian Museum in 1954 to serve as a cultural center for tribal people in the Six Nations region.


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