Tehaweiakaron Jordan Thompson

Jordan was born in 1982 and raised on the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory on an Island on the St. Lawrence River. He is turtle clan and his Mohawk name, Tehaweiakaron, translates to “Wide Wingspan” or “Broad Shoulders.” Jordan currently resides in the Territory with his wife and twin boys.Jordan attended Akwesasne Mohawk School until eighth grade and graduated from Proctor Academy (’01) in Andover, New Hampshire. Jordan went on to complete a B.A. in Art from Plattsburgh State University (’05) and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Potsdam State University (’08).Throughout secondary and post-secondary school, Jordan worked on youth related projects that provided educational and recreational experiences. Jordan has teaching experience at the elementary level and has mentored students in high school who wished to pursue higher education.Jordan is also an accomplished athlete playing lacrosse and hockey throughout his youth and into post-secondary school.Jordan has been an artist from a very young age. Early art work included drawing animals, cars, cartoon characters, and his favourite sports players. In high school, Jordan took formal classes which allowed him to experiment with various mediums. His attention to detail and ease with the subject led him to realize his potential in University where he refined his pen-and-ink technique and formalized his art.Jordan draws his inspiration from the Mohawk culture. His art conveys emotion, spirituality, intensity, pride, and power from the perspective of a young Mohawk man. His connection to his large family, his experience in teaching and mentoring, his sports experience, and his Mohawk culture are all expressed in his art.