Children's Programs

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KLU Class in Oneida Language and Music Offers Small Group Lessons

The Oneida phrase, Kanithotiysa latiwyhtas ukwehuwehn (KLU), means “young people learning our ways.” The new KLU program provides private and small group lessons in preparation for leading social dances.

KLU takes the learing one step further than MOC. We will be adding more to language and traditional music lessons to the semi-private and small group sessions.

Yuntle McLester is one of the teachers in the KLU program. She graduated from Oneida Nation High School in 2009 and completed an Associated Degree in Liberal Arts from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. Brought up with traditional longhouse teachings, she is currently studying the culture and language through Cultural Hertiage’s Tsinikwalihot program.

Students will have a chance to acknowledge the importance of learning more about their Oneida heritage. Our KLU students will also demonstrate how much they learn at future socials and performances. We encourage children 12 years and older to apply.

For more information contact Yuntle McLester at (920) 490-3834 or


Music from Our Culture Spring/Summer Session 2014

The Spring session of "Music from Our Culture," (MOC) program will be every Tuesday from March 25th through June 3rd, 2014.will meet in the 1st floor conference room in Oneida Social Services Bldg, 2640 West Point Road, Green Bay, WI. 54304. Use the main entrance by the flag poles.

In this session, the MOC students will learn the Round Dance, Robin Dance, Contemporary Iroquois songs, and a condensed version of the "Thanksgiving Address."

There are two groups of the MOC program: children and teens. Children 7 to 11 years meet from 5pm to 6:30 on Tuesdays. The teens, ages 12 to 17, meet from 6pm to 7:30pm on Tuesdays. The session will end with concert peformance of the Oneida Youth Singers for the Native American Tourism of Wisconsin at the Radisson in Green Bay WI in June. New students are welcome to join for the spring session of MOC. Applications will be accepted at the first meeting, Mar. 25th. Contact Beth (920) 490-3833 or email. Download the registration form.

The MOC program is a culture-based music education program, and it develops the Oneida Youth Singers. The goal of MOC is to develop the Oneida Youth Singers to become a professional childrens choir.

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 who complete the attached questionnaire. 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. Download application.

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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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