Your visit to the Oneida Museum begins with the Oneida Creation Story. Please click here for a written version of the story. The accompanying painting, "The Descent of Sky Woman" was done by Toni Cook, a member of the Onondaga Nation from Nedrow, NY.
Next, the Oneida clan system is explained.
The Iroquois Ceremonial Cycle follows the agricultural seasons. Click here for an explaination of the different ceremonies.
The Thanksgiving Address is said during all of our community events and gatherings, including ceremonies. It recognizes everything from the Creator down to the smallest creature. Well-experienced speakers can take days to get through a complete version of the Thanksgiving Address.