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Ancient Dignity - Tree of Peace

Honoring our national mammal and Ancient Copper Culture in the Great Lakes region.

Ancient Dignity - Honoring our National Mammal

Honoring our national mammal and Ancient Copper Culture in the Great Lakes region.

Bison - Ancient Dignity - Unity of the Clans

Honoring Native American history and culture in the Great Lakes region, my copper sculpture symbolizes the evolution of both the bison and the people.
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Bison - Ancient Dignity

Honoring Native American history and culture in the Great Lakes region, my copper sculpture symbolizes the evolution of both the bison and the people.

Porcupine - Before the Beads

Long before the introduction of glass beads, clothing was decorated with porcupine quills.

Turtle Clan Teacher

The turtle taught us patience and never to give up. Turtle is seen as strength and solidarity-old and wise and well respected.

Bison Mask

The bison was a gift of love from the Great Spirit to his red children. All parts of this wonderful animal were used, nothing was wasted. Hides were made into tepees, clothing, robes, and parfleches (rawhide bags), and the meat was their sustenance.

Corn Mask

Known as the "sustainers of life", the Iroquois consider corn, beans, and squash to be special gifts from the Creator.

Eagle

To us the eagle is the symbol of strength. It is said that they fly the highest and can see the creation...

Three Sisters

Known as the "sustainers of life", the Iroquois consider corn, beans, and squash to be special gifts from the Creator.

Four Winds Mask

We listen and hear the voices of the four winds. We are assured that they are following the instructions of the Creator.

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Bear Mask

The Bear Clan people are the protectors. They are also the caretakers of Mother Earth's medicines.

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Buffalo Mask

The buffalo was a gift of love from the Great Spirit to his red children. All parts of this wonderful animal were used. Nothing was wasted.

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Cedar Mask

Cedar is an important part of Woodland tribal life. It is given as a gift and is burned at the beginning of many religious and cleansing ceremonies.

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Sunrise Mask

Our thoughts turn to the sky. We see the sun, the source of life. We are instructed to call him our Eldest Brother.

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Wolf Mask

Wolf, Bear and Turtle are the three clans of the Oneida Nation. Ours is a matrilineal society, which means your clan and Nation membership all come from your mother.

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Horse Storyteller

In earlier times, when life was more agricultural and settled, young people had the opportunity and inclination to listen to the old stories.

Horse 13 Moons

My horse, fly like a bird
To carry me far
And I will tie red ribbons
To your streaming hair

Horse

My horse, fly like a bird
To carry me far
And I will tie red ribbons
To your streaming hair

Tadodaho

The Tadodaho Belt is the second widest wampum belt known. It measures 27 inches by 14 inches, and is 45 wampum beads wide. It symbolizes the role of the Onondaga fire keeper to keep the council fire clean and protected.

Rabbit

Long ago, a group of hunters looking for game, came to a clearing and saw a rabbit as big as a bear.

Porcupine - Before the Beads

Long before the introduction of glass beads, clothing was decorated with porcupine quills.

Beaver

This stick here
That stick there
   Mud, more mud, add mud, good mud

Deer

The deer is a revered animal to the Iroquois and all Woodland tribes. 

Thirteen Moons (wall hung)

During the night time we see the moon. We have been instructed to address her as our Grandmother. In her cycle, she makes her face new in harmony with other female life...

Dream Shawl Dancer

Women's fancy dance features a fast pace and the distinctive brightly colored shawl.  The shawl itself is an adaptation of the blanket carried or worn traditionally by women.

Flower Shawl Dancer

Women's fancy dance features a fast pace and the distinctive brightly colored shawl.  The shawl itself is an adaptation of the blanket carried or worn traditionally by women.

Flower Shawl Dancer with Braids

Women's fancy dance features a fast pace and the distinctive brightly colored shawl.  The shawl itself is an adaptation of the blanket carried or worn traditionally by women.

Horse Shawl Dancer

Women's fancy dance features a fast pace and the distinctive brightly colored shawl.  The shawl itself is an adaptation of the blanket carried or worn traditionally by women.

Sunshine

Our thoughts turn to the sky. We see the sun, the source of life. We are instructed to call him our Eldest Brother...

Porcupine - Before the Beads 2015

Long before the introduction of glass beads, clothing was decorated with porcupine quills.

Iroquois Floral pattern Arch

The pattern incorporated into this sculpture is one of the many beautiful Iroquois floral beaded designs.

Kissing Bench Iroquois Floral pattern

The pattern incorporated into this sculpture is one of the many beautiful Iroquois floral beaded designs...

Story Teller

The oral tradition developed young people's capacity for remembering long, involved speeches and songs. Storytelling was a cultural contact between generations...

Four Elements

We give greetings and thanks to our Mother Earth. She gives us that which makes us strong and healthy...

Four Winds

We listen and hear the voices of the four winds. We are assured that they are following the instructions of the Creator...

Northern Lights

The aurora borealis has intrigued people from ancient time. Native Americans have many explanations for the northern lights...

Parasol Girl

As traders, explorers, and military men pushed further into the Great Plains region beginning in the 1830's, the Plains Indians were exposed to a new medium for their drawings- the ledger book...

Turtle Story Teller

The oral tradition developed young people's capacity for remembering long, involved speeches and songs. Storytelling was a cultural contact between generations...

The turtle taught us patience and never to give up.

Eagle

To us the eagle is the symbol of strength. It is said that they fly the highest and can see the creation...

Elk

He is watching over all of the daughters on the earth

Moon Dancer 1

Long-legged polo ponies who seemed to dance with excitement as we rode through the woods.

Moon Dancer 2

Long-legged polo ponies who seemed to dance with excitement as we rode through the woods.

Moon Dancer 3

Long-legged polo ponies who seemed to dance with excitement as we rode through the woods.

Grandmother Moon

During the night time we see the moon. We have been instructed to address her as our Grandmother. In her cycle, she makes her face new in harmony with other female life...

Longboat

Iroquois canoes varied in size from twelve feet, to carry two men, up to forty feet with the capacity for thirty men...

Spring

The four powerful spirit beings who have been assigned by the Creator to guide us both by day and night are called the Sky Dwellers...

Summer

The four powerful spirit beings who have been assigned by the Creator to guide us both by day and night are called the Sky Dwellers...

Winter

The four powerful spirit beings who have been assigned by the Creator to guide us both by day and night are called the Sky Dwellers...

Sunshine

Our thoughts turn to the sky. We see the sun, the source of life. We are instructed to call him our Eldest Brother...

Mother Earth

We give greetings and thanks to our Mother Earth-she gives us that which makes us strong and healthy...

Great Hunter

A long time ago, about the time when the Oneidas first arrived here, there were plenty of bears and deer. It was at that time that an old man went hunting...

Story Teller

The oral tradition developed young people's capacity for remembering long, involved speeches and songs. Storytelling was a cultural contact between generations...

Three Sisters

These three sisters, sisters who would never be apart from one another, should be planted together and celebrated together...

Iroquois Floral Bench

The Oneidas and other Iroquois created this new style, which featured floral designs composed of glass beads in every color, during the years following European trading of glass beads...

An Oneida Pronunciation System Guide can be found here.
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