Born: August 23, 1910
Died: November 14, 2008
Married: Christine Chubb
Children: John Fadden
He graduated from Fredonia Normal School in 1934, and taught at the Tuscarora Reservation near Niagara Falls, and later at the St. Regis Mohawk School in Hogansburg. In the early 1940s he created a youth group called the Akwesasne Mohawk Counselor Organization to educate Mohawk children in native history, woodcraft, Mohawk traditions, and the development of a positive self-image. In 1957, he began teaching 7th grade science at the Saranac Central Jr. High School; he retired in 1967.
He published a series of 27 educational pamphlets and 40 charts covering Iroquois legends, histories of various Iroquois groups and individuals, and Native American history. The charts included maps, diagrams illustrating the various reservations throughout the Northeast, and facets of history. He was especially interested in Native American contributions to contemporary civilization, including the food plants, medicines, and innovations produced by Native American culture. Ray felt that all school children should be made aware of these contributions. In the 1990s he published three compilations of his work: Legends of the Iroquois, Wampum Belts of the Iroquois, and Roots of the Iroquois.
- Ray Fadden obituary
- NCPR:Meet the Masters: Ray Fadden, Mohawk Elder, Onchiota
Indian Country Today: An Appreciation of Ray Fadden – Tehanetorens