Oneida Indian Nation Craft Fair
Saturday, May 7 • 10am-4pm
Shako:wi Cultural Center
Enjoy a day out at the Shako:wi Cultural Center at the Craft Fair featuring Native artists, vendors and food.
Smoke Dance Competition is at 1pm.
SHAKO:WI CULTURAL CENTER
Constructed in 1993, the center stands as a testament to the rich lives, talents and heroism of the Oneida people. The building is named in memory of Richard Chrisjohn (Wolf Clan), former Nation Representative, whose Oneida name means “he gives.” That spirit of giving is what the facility is all about – it is designed to give visitors and future generations sense of their roots and heritage.
A hand-crafted white pine log building on Nation Homelands, the Shako:wi Cultural Center helps guests experience thousands of years of Oneida history, from the key role they played as allies of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War to the current day, as the Oneida people have worked to revitalize their community and regain control of nearly 18,000 acres of ancestral Oneida homelands – more than they have had since 1824.
Explore the depths of Oneida tradition and culture.
Feel the power of Wampum – a sacred beaded substance, used to fashion belts and gauntlets, with a healing presence meant to sanctify agreements and traditions. Absorb and marvel at the craftsmanship involved in creating lacrosse sticks by hand. These are but some of the relics and mementos that span the Oneida lifetime and that are on display at the Shako:wi Cultural Center.