Oneida Day Celebrated at New York State Fair
Spectators abounded around Turtle Mound in the Indian Village at the New York State Fair Aug. 29 for a celebration of Oneida Day.
Highlighting the day were Oneida dancers in full regalia, displaying their talents with aplomb. Preceding the dance, words and a song of thanksgiving were offered in the Oneida language.
Fairgoers also could partake of traditional foods, including corn soup, featured at the cookhouse in the village. Numerous artisans – Oneida, as well as Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Cayuga and Tuscarora, who make up the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy – were on hand displaying their handcrafted items, affording fairgoers an opportunity to take home art representative of the Six Nations.
The Great New York State Fair, a 12-day event, returns to Syracuse Aug. 22 to Sept. 2, 2013.
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