Oneida Nation Dancers At Iroquois Indian Museum


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Oneida DancerThe Iroquois Indian Museum will have a Social Dance Saturday on July 12 at the Museum featuring Onota’a:ka (Oneida Nation Dancers), based in the central New York Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) community of Oneida.

Founded by Elder and Wolf Clan Mother Maisie Shenandoah for the purpose of cultural education, the troupe’s original purpose continues to be carried forth by daughter Vicki, granddaughter Tawn:tene (Cindy Schenandoah Stanford) and an extended family with common goals. 

For the Schenandoahs, dance is not a separate expression of heritage and thanksgiving, but one that is thoroughly integrated into daily life. Onota’a:ka selects a repertoire that is enjoyable for the crowd and encourages participation.

Social Dance Saturday and all events at the Museum are free with paid admission. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed Monday. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors/students and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under five are free when accompanied by an adult. Special group rates are available by calling the Museum at 518-296-8949.

For more information, visit www.iroquoismuseum.org.

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  1. Bob Ulrich

    It should be noted, to their credit, that during the Revolutionary War, of the 6 tribes comprising the Iroquois confederacy, only the Oneidas and the much less powerful Tuscaroras stayed on the Patriot side. The four other major tribes, including Chief Joseph Brandt’s Mohawks, all sided with the British from whom they could obtain an unending supply of important trading goods from Europe. At the end, it didm;t matter, when the Americans decided to clear the “west” (= anything west of the Catskill Mts) of natives. Villages (called “castles”) were destroyed along with crops , fruit trees, etc, driving the Natives into a state of starvation, to beg the British at Ft Niagara for food and supplies (from Canada).

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