Tehanenia’kwe:tarons – Cutter of Stone - David R. Maracle
Mohawk Native artist, sculptor & musician
David R Maracle (Tehanenia’kwe:tarons) of the Bear Clan, was born the seventh son of Andrew C. Maracle (Mohawk, Turtle Clan) and Lillian J. Maracle (Scottish, Bruce Clan) and lived his first 10 years of life on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve, St. Regis New York. David has a deep understanding and appreciation for his Mohawk Haudenosaunee roots; Sitting with, listening to his Indigenous Elders has been the biggest inspiration in David’s life. He attributes many of his accomplishments to his parents; Andrew, a respected Mohawk Elder, an International speaker/lecturer on Indigenous issues, rights and struggles, and David’s mother Lillian was also very inspirational as an accomplished author, poet, musician, artist, and craftswoman.
David R. Maracle has been crafting his artistry since 1985, from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, bringing to life the ancestral teachings of the Haudenosaunee People’s ways of life into his magnificent stone carvings. With every piece being unique, one of a kind pieces, he has sold his carvings to many corporations, and private collectors alike, with that of the Estate of the late Nelson Mandela owning a piece of his work, the Emperor of Japan, and many other famous collectors. His work has been featured on cheques across Canada, and has helped to encourage indigenous youth across the country to follow their dreams with their gifts they have with them. When David was not carving in his studio…he turned to another career in the form of mediation. Not only a world renown sculptor of stone, David has released over 17 musical compilations and albums over the years, has received two Gold records from the recording industry RIAA, for his world ambient sounds of the of the Iroquoian Flute, and multi-instrumental fusion of sounds, with the rare world instruments that he has mastered over the last 18 years. David won various Canadian Aboriginal Music awards over his diverse musical cereer. He has performed his beautiful ambient music all over the world, including recently Austria, Pakistan, Holland. He performed an opening in the 2000 Olympics in Australia; and performed fort he Queen of her Silver jubilee anniversary in Parliament. He has worked extensively with the youth in Canada and abroad bringing indigenous cultural teachings, and art in the form of traditional knowledge workshops; medicine wheel teachings, Iroquoian flute teachings, earth & air teachings, most recently in Lahore, Pakistan. David is humanitarian who stands for indigenous peoples rights and awareness in a kind and generous manner. Proud owner/operator of Lil Crow Cabin & PODs courtyard, where people all over the world come to visit his couples romantic retreat for rest relaxation & rejuvenation.