Oneida Indian Nation Language Program Publishes Children’s Book in Collaboration with Madison-Oneida BOCES
The Legend of How the Bear Lost His Tail is made available through collaborative efforts and support from Madison-Oneida BOCES. The creative partnership has been a wonderful educational experience as the Oneida Indian Nation Language Department works to extend its reach in the community. In addition to developing the layout and printing the books at their own print shop, Madison-Oneida BOCES Staff and Curriculum Development and the Early Childhood Division provide assistance with instructional strategies that instructors in the department can use with students of all ages.’
In development for nearly a year and produced with original illustrations, the new book features both the Oneida text and the full English translation, as well as phonetics and pictures using a rebus format for the two main characters of the story, the bear and the fox. The rebus format allows any person to pick up the book and learn the words by the end of the story by using pictures, color, and phonetics right in the middle of the sentences. As specialists in curriculum development, the staff at Madison-Oneida BOCES suggested emphasizing a few chosen words that the reader could learn by the end of the story. Copies will be made available at local schools and libraries throughout the region – inviting all students, for the first time, to learn the language.