Children's Programs

KLU Program | MOC | Unity Singers | Basketmaking | Quilt Project

Summer 2017 Childrens Arts Camps

Arts Made Public

This camp is designed for youth who love to spend the day making art. Each day,campers will participate in three workshops: beadwork,drawing and painting,and sculpture. Workshops are designed to inspire students of all abilities and are taught by artists and art teachers. The camp culminates with an art exhibition of artworks created during camp and a special joint public art piece. MONDAY-FRIDAY June 26-June 30
Ages: 9-13 Yrs.
Time: 1 pm-5 pm
Location: Arts Cottage
Fee: $30 $10 Scholarship Fee
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Unity Singers Camp

NEW! Unity Singers Camp provides an outstanding musical experience for all vocal middle and high school students. Working with highly skilled specialists in vocal music and traditional music, the Unity Singers will find their voice as they sing together.
Performance dates are:  August 10 and the week of September 11 at the AIANTA (American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association) conference in Oneida, WI.
MONDAY-THUR July 24-July 27
Ages: 13-17 yrs
Time: 1pm-5pm
Fee: $30.00, $10 Scholarship, Volunteer Hours
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Music from Our Culture Camp

Our most popular camp!  MOC explores all the different music in Oneida, including Iroquois Social music, Indian Hymns, Native Flute, Pow Wow drum and more. This year we will be performing a very special show that will include smoke dancing, Iroquois Social music, pow wow drum, hymns, and our own version of music for our children’s choir. Additional weekly rehearsals will be scheduled in August.  Performance dates are: August 10 and the week of September 11 at the AIANTA (American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association) conference in Oneida.

MONDAY-THUR        July 31-Aug 10            Ages: 7-12 Yrs.
1 pm-5 pm
Location: Arts Cottage
Fee: $30 $10 Scholarship Fee
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Private Music Lessons

This class sessions are now all filled.
Improve your skills or lean to play an instrument during the summer with Private Music Lesson and group lessons. Lesson times are arranged by teacher with the student. For more info: contact Sherrole at 920-490-3832
Piano: Weekly lessons offers beginners to advanced students keyboard techniques.
Guitar (electric or acoustic): From beginning classical to jazz, to acoustic to electric expertise.
Saxophone: Develop a rich tone, steady rhythms, and reading skills
The $30 fee is for either a :30 minute or :60 minute session. Additional costs for books and materials.

WEEKLY June 12-Aug 11
Instructor: Dustin Skenandore
Location: Arts Cottage
Time: Mon or Thurs, between Noon to 7:30pm
Fee: $30 / up to 9 weeks

KLU Offers Small Group Lessons

The Kanithotiysa Latiwaythtas Ukwehuwehnha (KLU) is a one-to-one Oneida language program. KLU is an Oneida phrase that means "young people learning our ways." This is a branch off of the Music of our Culture (MOC) program and sponsored by the Oneida Nation Arts Program.

The KLU is for our children to learn a good foundation of Oneida culture, music, and language. It includes private and small group lessons in preparation for the Oneida Social Dance and celebrations featuring the KLU student. The program is free of cost based upon completion of program and student’s social celebration. View a video of two KLU students who learned a social dance song this year: Women's Danceschool concert

Some of the KLU students participated in Friendship Concerts at local schools and other gatherings in Green Bay and Oneida, WI this past school year. They also demonstrated what they learned in KLU by hosting small Social Dance gatherings for their families and friends. The advanced KLU students will travel this year to present KLU Friendship Concerts.

For more information or questions please contact Yuntle McLester at 920-496-5252 ext. 3834 or by email


Music from Our Culture Spring Session 2016

The Music from Our Culture (MOC) is a culture-based music education program. The MOC program sponsors and present the singers as "Oneida Youth Singers." The goal of MOC is to develop the Oneida Youth Singers to become a professional childrens choir.

View the MOC Summer Concert to see one of the songs they performed: Wake Up Everybody

Help our children to preserve our cultural music for tomorrow and the next seven generations! For more information contact Yuntlekalau McLester at 920-496-5252 or via email

Student Basketmaking Apprenticeship

Basket with star design

The Oneida "Twashe?nutslu.nihe? Basket Guild" is offering basketry apprenticeships to 8 middle and high school students. The apprenticeship will start on Saturday, February 6, 2013, 10:00 am - 3:pm. Teen apprentices will make a basket similar to the photo on the right.

The apprenticeship is open to all middle and high school students. Basket guild members will receive copies of the questionnaries at their next monthly meeting and choose their apprentices based on questionnaires. The students will be notified of the results by January 18, 2013

All supplies and instruction are free. The Twashe?nutslu.nihe? Basket Guild is offering this program through a Dollars for Art Grant provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board and Oneida Nation Arts Program. For more info: Christine at ONAP (920) 490-3833 or by email or the Basket Guild President Tyanne at email.

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Singing Life back into the Tribal Community

childrens choirImagine an Oneida community where everyone can sing songs in the Oneida language and share those songs with their children and grandchildren. Imagine a place where Oneida people will know tribal traditions for much longer. This Oneida can be a reality and it is starting to take shape in the Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP) through the Music from Our Culture (MOC) apprenticeship program for teens and adults.

Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity to be a part of something fun, cultural, and educational. The MOC apprenticeship program meets every Tuesday from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the Oneida Arts Program, located at 1270B Packerland Drive, Green Bay, WI. 

As a unique culture training program, the MOC apprenticeship gathers Oneida community members who want to learn traditional Oneida traditional music and dance, Oneida Hymns, and some Oneida language. It offers an exciting new way to rejuvenate the Oneida community with our own traditional music. This program has the potential to mend our cultural bridge and bring a diverse community together in a way only music can.  

Once training is completed, ONAP offers a broad spectrum of opportunities from teaching certifications to potential paid performances, or just a personal interest in learning more about Oneida culture, songs, and dances.

ONAP collaborated with community members well versed in Iroquois social songs and the Oneida Hymns. Together, these seasoned singers offer a comprehensive apprenticeship program for adults and young adults, ages 16 and up, who are interested in learning music from the Oneida culture.  

MOC is gladly accepting rolling admissions and will be teaching interested community members through March 2013.  For more info, call Beth at 920-490-3833 or by email.

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Heartfull Quilt Project
heartfull quilt

"Our Ancestors – The Stars"
2012 July Cultural Arts Camp
Oneida Nation Arts Program

Thirty-nine youth, ages 6 through 13 created this quilt for public display during a 2-week cultural arts camp. It was inspired by the Oneida people’s involvement in the Civil War. One out of ten Oneidas went to war, many of whom never returned to Oneida.

The flames represent the fire in each of us, the sparks are the children from this camp, and the stars are our ancestors.

Artists helping the children create this quilt were: Coleen Bins, Pat Ehrenberg, and Toni House. The interns who helped are Leah Baird, Mercy Metoxen, Dezhoni Anton, Enos Anton, Reva Webster, and Jalessa Caldwell.

We are one family, connected throughout time. We are self-reliant and interdependent, working hard for ourselves and sharing with others. We are thankful for having all that we have.

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