The Clans Of The Oneida Nation
Turtle, Wolf and Bear
The Oneidas are a matrilineal society – clan and Nation Membership all come from the mother.
The Oneidas have three clans – turtle, wolf, and bear.
• Turtles teach patience and the importance of never giving up. Turtles are seen as strength and solidarity, old and wise, and are well respected.
• The wolf teaches the importance of using your ears and being watchful. They embody a strong sense of family.
• Bears are gentle and strong. Bears show that it takes more strength to NOT raise your hand to strike, compared to the impulse to strike.
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