Coming this May, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Shako:wi Cultural Center will participate in the Cultural Fest at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida. The event will be on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Shako:wi’s information booth will have literature on the history of the Oneida people as well as additional information on the Oneida Heritage Center – which is home to numerous historical heritage-based items including reenactment grade weaponry, uniforms and Oneida-based preservation merchandise – and Warrior Archery, the center’s 12-lane indoor archery range.
Cultural Programs Coordinator Jessica Farmer will be sharing traditional Haudenosaunee stories – including the story of the No-Face Doll and How the Bear Lost Its Tail – throughout the day, and Karen Pierce (Turtle Clan) will show attendees how to make cornhusk dolls. Chris Thomas will also be singing social dance songs for Haudenosaunee dancers when they take to the stage from 12 – 1 p.m. It is a multi-cultural event, so come explore other cultures as well. The Kallet Civic Center is located at 159 Main Street in Oneida.
Also in May, Oneida Heritage will host its own craft show on Saturday, May 11. Several vendors will be on hand to display their art and showcase their craftsmanship. Chris Thomas and Haudenosaunee dancers will again be presenting a variety of social dances as well. The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the social dancing will be from 12 – 1 p.m.
The Oneida Heritage Center is located on Route 5 in the city of Sherrill. For more information, call Oneida Heritage at 315-829-8836 or the Shako:wi Cultural Center at 315-829-8801.