Oneida Indian Nation Publishes Second Children’s Book to Expand Language Preservation Efforts
After the successful release of its first language book, The Legend of How the Bear Lost His Tail, the Oneida Indian Nation is excited to continue its language preservation efforts in partnership with Madison-Oneida BOCES.
The Robin Legend is entirely illustrated by Oneida Indian Nation Member Chelsea Jocko (Wolf Clan). It tells the story of how the Robin learned to fly again and how it got its red chest. Legends and storytelling are a significant aspect of Oneida culture, which continue to be handed down from generation to generation. Putting these largely oral stories into books will cement their legacies for generations to come. Chelsea is translating the Haudenosaunee legends “Thunder Boy” and “Spring Defeats Winter” while illustrating “How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes.”
Projects like this are critically important to the Oneida Indian Nation’s vision of a thriving culture and community. These books will ensure the continued survival and preservation of Oneida heritage, language and culture for the next generations. Children’s books especially are a great resource for young students of all backgrounds to dive into other cultures apart from their own.