NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

The Oneida Indian Nation’s virtual video series allows teachers and educators to explore, share and celebrate its rich culture and history during Native American Heritage Month.

This comprehensive original series provides teachers and students with a new digital education resource that offers all viewers a more in-depth look at Haudenosaunee customs directly from Oneida Indian Nation Members.

Dive into Oneida history going back to the American Revolution and learn how Oneidas became America’s First Allies. Go on a virtual tour of the Shako:wi Cultural Center to see its vast collection of Oneida artifacts. And explore the many arts and crafts – including the significance of regalia, social dance and storytelling – that are central to Oneida culture.

VIDEO 1

An introduction from Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter and Virtual Tour of the Shako:wi Cultural Center.

Discover the significance of Native American Heritage Month and the ways the Oneida Indian Nation keeps its culture thriving.

VIDEO 2

The second video of our series takes a look at the Haudenosaunee social dance and regalia — two vital elements of Oneida culture.

Learn more about what goes into a dancer’s regalia and why the Oneida continue these traditions today.

VIDEO 3

Learn about the amazing beadwork made by Oneida Elders, how they create different works of art, and how they are handing it down to the next generation.

Listen to one version of an Oneida legend read by Nation Member Brooke Thomas (Wolf Clan), and delve into Haudenosaunee storytelling – a critical part of Oneida tradition.

VIDEO 4

Our series finale unpacks the Revolutionary War from the Haudenosaunee perspective. Hear from Oneida Member and Shako:wi Cultural Center Manager Ron Patterson (Wolf Clan) about the Oneidas’ critical role in the founding of the country.

Learn about what went into the decision to side with the American colonists over the British, and why the other Haudenosaunee Nations did not.

Online Teacher Resources:

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