I was named Ka’nhehsí:io by my Tóta.
My chubby cheeks and soft blond hair reminded my grandmother of a Cabbage Patch Kid. In the mid-1980s, the must-have toy launched a new line of dolls with nylon hair that could be combed rather than the standard yarn hair.
The dolls were known as corn silk kids and thus, there was inspiration for my name. In Kanien’kéha, the Mohawk language, Ka’nhehsí:io means fine silk or beautiful ribbon. It’s pronounced GUN-heh-SEE-yo.
I’ve always preferred…