Scars Along the Mohawk

The town of Canajoharie, New York was the home of the Mohawk tribe of the Iroquois Nation. The identity of the town was built on folklore. (Canajoharie is mentioned in Drums Along the Mohawk). The remnants of the tribe are almost gone. At the start of the 20th Century, Beech-Nut built a plant in Canajoharie, and soon the town was known for the factory that made baby food and gum. The factory closed in 2011 after 118 years. The town has lost its identity once again and many scars remain.

  • Cary Cummings-Cross
  • D C Cummings
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    17 minutes 52 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Upstate New York Film Festival
    Lancaster, New York
    United States
    September 1, 2023
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Syracuse International Film Festival
    Syracuse, NY
    United States
    September 29, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - D C Cummings

I grew up in Canajoharie and left for college in 1983.
Since then I've worked at TV stations in three states, then started a video production company to focus on long form production and sports. I've won nine regional Emmys and a few other awards. I received a Ph.D. in 2013 and teach Multimedia Film and Production at Georgia Southern University.

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Director Statement

Canajoharie is my home town.
The town has changed since Beech-Nut closed its plant and everyone who lives there is still feeling the impact.
These are the stories I heard.