Welcome To Pass The Feather

Mohawk Feather Keeper | Writer | Graphic and Web Designer


Spectrum of Work | Services

Pass the Feather provides feather bundling services.

This business is on the Kanienkéha’ka (Mohawk) territory of Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga) and Akwesasne and all work is created by Iehstoseranón:nha, Wakhskare:wake (Bear Clan) of Akwesasne.


Hand beaded feather bundles. Made with glass seed beads over a hand made wooden handle. You choose your own feathers based on the medicines you'd like to carry.


Feathers are never for sale but can be bundled according to the medicines that you’d like to carry with you. These bundles are wrapped in hide creating the perfect tool to move your smoke.


Smudge Kits & Feather Keepers

This gorgeous pine chest closes with a wood button and elastic to keep your bundle safe. It is made in Ontario from sustainable Indigenous wood and for each box sold a tree is planted.We do not sell medicines, they are gifted to you in this set.

Prints, Books & Calendars

For over 30 years Dawn has been a writer and digital creator. Find her work in her 'little book' series.

Search Dawn's prints and order professional prints or download and print at home.

Dawn's 'Little Book' series includes, 'little book of bird medicines', little book of smudge and medicines', 'little book of women's medicines' and 'little book of gratitude and good mind'.

The first calendar of its kind, Dawn has tried to capture all that is important to Indigenous women and offers gentle reminders of changing seasons, moons and the natural world. Calendars include Moon times, Moon names, Moon water reminders, seasonal ceremonies and Indigenous dates and events like Orange Shirt Day and MMIW awareness.

Gentle Teachings & Free Downloads

As a survivor of Indigenous child apprehension, Dawn understands that not everyone has access to teachings, community or Elders. She was taught to share and that learning should always be free. Dawn offers everyone free resources and downloads on important ways of knowing.

Learn more about the 4 sacred medicines and order a print for delivery or download a free PDF file to print at home.

Ohén:ton Karihwatékwen is a daily reflection that is sacred to Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) nations. You can download this for free.

The most important connections and understandings a woman can carry is her connection to Grandmother Moon. Moon Water is medicine. Learn a bit more on Dawn's website.

Dawn loves web design. This is the most recent site she developed for Aunties On The Road and she looks forward to any opportunity to create clean presentations.

Dawn has designed logos for hundreds of Indigenous organizations and businesses including all Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada logos, books and marketing.

For over 30 years, Dawn has produced signage, custom imprinted promotional products (including t-shirts, pens, tote bags, buttons) and more. 

Haudenosaunee Research and Resources

 In walking alongside my Bear Clan Mother and our circle of brilliant women, a passion has come over me. In carrying a lifelong eagerness to uplift the sisterhood and a deeply rooted quest for knowledge, I long to share my research so that we all may better prepare for today, the tomorrows and the future.

• Peace Mother • Mother of Nations

Tsiokonsaseh | Jakonsaseh

She was embraced as the mother of all Onkwehonwe, a direct descendant of Sky Woman and was upheld for serenity and natural way of creating peace and gentle spaces. It is a woman's story and we call on her now, in this time of violence amongst each other and towards Mother Earth. Read more...

Full Solar Eclipse 2024

On April 8, 2023, Haudenosaunee nations are on the exact path of a full total solar eclipse. It happened about a thousand years ago and at the time that we joined together to ratify the Kayanarekówa (Great Peace), the skies darkened so deeply that the nocturnal animals woke to encircle and witness the calm of a unified people. In this time of violence and war, we once again call in the Peace Mother. More...

Wampum: Beads, Belts, Strings

Quahog is clam found in the soft sand along the Atlantic coast and she not only provided us great nutrition but she embraced the people and taught us how to create a living records, agreements and how to visually honour each other. I am mindful of this sacred living thing and grateful that she has taught us so much about peace, grief and healing. More...

Research, Links & Learning

This page holds the beginning of my research and I'm grateful for all the people who have listened, written and shared this information before me. It is a work in progress and you can find everything from scholarly articles to great videos. Explore Haudenosaunee peoples, events, worldview, stories and websites. More...

Pass The Feather, Dawn, Indigenous artist, artist, feathers, graphic design, web design, smudge feathers, IndigenARTSY, native american arts and crafts, moon time, moon water
Pass The Feather, Dawn, Indigenous artist, artist, feathers, graphic design, web design, smudge feathers, IndigenARTSY, native american arts and crafts, moon time, moon water


she keeps the feathers

Iehstoseranón:nha (She Keeps/Protects the Feathers)... Dawn (Born: Mary Francis) is Akwesasronon, Kanien'kéha:ka (Mohawk), Wakhskaré:wake (Bear Clan) and a Feather Keeper. Her family was one of several Kanien'kehá:ka families from Akwesasne that settled on the banks of Moira Lake, Madoc, Ontario.

Pass The Feather business is situated on both Akwesasne and Tyendinaga reserves.

Dawn is the founder and president of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (a Canada Not-for-profit Corporation) and owner at Pass The Feather. Pronounced: Yeh sto sa la new huh

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