Halbritter Posted Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:00 pm
ONEIDA — The Oneida Indian Nation is set to launch a new virtual video series exploring, sharing, and celebrating its culture and history in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.
The original series will be made available to the public and will also provide teachers and students a new digital educational resource for enlightening students on Haudenosaunee history, in lieu of field trips to the Nation’s Shako:wi Cultural Center amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Oneida Indian Nation officials.
In years past, schools from across the Central New York region have visited the Shako:wi Cultural Center to enhance the state’s curriculum on Indigenous history and culture.
As the ongoing pandemic presents new challenges for students to visit the center in-person and learn about the Oneida and neighboring Haudenosaunee Nations, the Oneida Indian Nation is offering the video series as a digital interactive experience that brings the center to their screens.
Throughout the month, the Oneida Indian Nation will publish short vignettes that cover everything from the Oneidas’ role as first allies to the U.S., to traditional Oneida artistry and storytelling. It will also bring the Shako:wi Cultural Center to life through a virtual tour and offer exclusive interviews with Oneida Nation Members integral to its construction in 1993 and who will speak to its continued significance for the Oneida people.
“The Oneida Indian Nation has a great deal to share with the local community and the country about Native heritage,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter. “This series not only celebrates our contributions to the founding of the United States of America, but also offers an in-depth look at Native American culture, its meaning, and shares its significance with fellow neighbors and citizens in a new and exciting way.”
Teachers, students, and members of the public will have full access to the series on the Oneida Indian Nation website and will be able to share, offer comments and questions, and interact with friends through the Nation’s Facebook page. Additionally, through the Nation’s Facebook page, the Oneida Nation will be able to respond to comments and answer questions in real-time when videos debut.
The first video debuted today, Thursday, Nov. 5, and provides a brief overview of Oneida history, recognizing the Oneidas’ role in the American Revolution, as well as a virtual tour of the Shako:wi Cultural Center and its exhibits.
“The Oneida Indian Nation played a crucial role in the founding of this country but so few people know the complete story,” Halbritter added. “Our cultural center has been a place for students to learn more about that sacred bond formed during the American Revolution. Preserving our history and giving voice to a more complete telling of our collective story is vital for future generations.”
Each week at 10 a.m., videos will premiere on the Nation’s Facebook page, website, and YouTube Channel.
Thursday, Nov. 5: Intro to Oneida History & Culture and Shako:wi Cultural Center Virtual Tour
Monday, Nov. 9: Regalia and Social Dance
Monday, Nov. 16: Legends and Storytelling
Monday, Nov. 23: First Allies and the Revolutionary War.