Adrian John

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Seneca, hawk clan – carving, sculpture, mixed media contemporary and traditional native arts.

“I was born and raised on the Allegany Indian Territory where I still reside raising my 3 boys in much the same way I was raised. I have a Bachelors degree in American Studies with minors in Native American Studies and Studio Art from Oswego State College. I am also finishing up my requirements for a Masters in Initial Teacher Certification from Buffalo State College.

I currently work at the Tribal Historic Preservation Office as the Project Coordinator for the Kinzua Dam Issue Committee. Prior to this I was working at the Faithkeepers School as a Language Intern where I also ran some student programming including a summer program. I have worked in the field of education since graduating college and I believe that is my calling in this life to learn myself and teach or instruct others on Seneca history, culture, language and arts.

In college I took classes in sculpting, jewelry making, printmaking and drawing which I believe helped me refine my techniques. I have been mainly self taught in our traditional arts and crafts forms, though I must admit to having learned a lot and inspired by watching local artisans.I receive inspiration from seeing others work. When I attend museums, dance shows, powwows or craft shows, seeing others work gives me motivation to go and make my own art. Also seeing our traditional historical pieces of work that have been left by our Seneca ancestors on pottery, wooden ladles, beaded or quilled bags and moccasins, give me true inspiration.

I am available to do presentation on art forms, history, culture and the life ways of the Seneca People.  At this time my artwork focuses on carving stone and wood. But I also do leatherwork, beadwork, graphic art, painting and drawing.”

To purchase art work or to inquire about a cultural presentation or art worshop, please contact Adrian at (716) 474-7218 or gajidas@hotmail.com