Master Artist: Hayden Haynes, Seneca – Deer Clan
Apprentice: Darelyn Spruce, Seneca – Hawk Clan
Artistic Area: Folk and Traditional Arts
Project Title: Seneca Bone Carving
Project Summary: Hayden Haynes will teach Darelyn Spruce the Seneca tradition of bone and antler carving. These carvings may take many forms, including rattles, three-dimensional figures, relief-carved medallions, beads, bone combs and more. They incorporate Haudenosaunee iconography and images drawn from Haudenosaunee cosmology and history.
Work Statement Excerpt: “Hayden is currently teaching a beginning carving class at Sully Huff Heritage Center in Cattaraugus, where he met apprentice Darelyn Spruce. She is very interested in learning to carve beyond the introductory level and has a deep commitment to preserving the culture and lifeways of the Seneca people.”
Iroquois Creation Story, by Hayden Haynes (2019)
Hiawatha Belt, by Darelyn Spruce (2021)