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Oneida Moon


Great Freshening Moon

September brings about the harvest. All the food is fresh and delicious= at 
that time as it has just been picked.

The Moon for Sep 22, 2003 (At Midnight, US Central time, as viewed from= the 
Northern Hemisphere)

"We realize that we must continue our beliefs and traditions against all odds 
and must determine for ourselves what is best for our people. Only by 
overcoming the evil and corruption we have faced, can we accomplish and restore 
our land and people back to health and unity".
Maisie Shenandoah
Wolf Clanmother
Oneida Nation


Joanne Shenandoah
Oneida Nation

  Joanne Shenandoah is a multiple award winning Native American composer, 
vocalist and performer. She is a Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy - 
Oneida Nation. Her original compositions, combined with a striking voice, 
enables her to embellish the ancient songs of the Iroquois using a blend of 
traditional and contemporary instrumentation. Ms. Shenandoah's music reflects 
the indigenous philosophy and culture which continues to have a profound effect 
on the world today. From traditional chants to contemporary ballads about 
Native ways, her music has been described as an emotional experience, a "Native 
American Trance"

Joanne's Biography

Oneida Events


::::::::::::::::::THE WARRIOR MAIDEN:::::::::::

Long ago, in the days before the white man came to this continent, the Oneida
people were beset by their old enemies the Mingos. The invaders attacked the
Oneida villages, stormed their palisades, set fire to their long-houses, laid 
to the land, destroyed the corn fields, killed men and boys, and abducted
the women and girls. There was no resisting the Mingos, because their
numbers were like grains of sand, like the pebbles on a lake 

The villages of the Oneida lay deserted, their fields untended, the ruins of 
homes blackened. The men had taken the women, the old people, the young
boys and girls into the deep forests, hiding them in secret places among rocks, 

in caves, and on desolate mountains.
The Mingos searched for victims, but could not find them. The Great Spirit
himself helped the people to hide and shielded their places of refuge from the
eyes of their enemies...........................

Thus the Oneida people were safe in their inaccessible retreats, but they were 
starving. Whatever food they had been able to save was soon eaten up.
They could either stay in their hideouts and starve, or leave them in search of 
and be discovered by their enemies. The warrior chiefs and sachems
met in council but could find no other way 

Then a young girl stepped forward in the council and said that the good spirits 
sent her a dream showing her how to save the Oneida. Her name was
Aliquipiso and she was not afraid to give her life for her people.

Aliquipiso told the council: "We are hiding on top of a high, sheer cliff. 
us the mountain is covered with boulders and heavy sharp rocks. You warriors 
and watch here. I will go to the Mingos and lead them to the spot at the foot
of the cliff where they all can be crushed and 

The chiefs, sachems, and warriors listened to the girl with wonder.
The oldest of the sachems honored her, putting around her neck strands of white 

and purple wampum. "The Great Spirit has blessed you, Aliquipiso, with courage
and wisdom," he said. "We, your people, will always remember 

During the night the girl went down from the heights into the forest below by
way of a secret path. In the morning, Mingo scouts found her wandering
through the woods as if lost. They took her to the burned and abandoned
village where she once lived, for this was now their camp. They brought her
before their warrior chief. "Show us the way to the place where your people
are hiding," he commanded. "If you do this, we shall adopt you into our tribe.
Then you will belong to the victors. If you refuse, you will be tortured at the 

"I will not show you the way," answered Aliquipiso. The Mingos tied her to a
blackened tree stump and tortured her with fire, as was their custom. Even the
wild Mingos were astonished at the courage with which the girl endured it.
At last Aliquipiso pretended to weaken under the pain. "Don't hurt me anymore," 

she cried, "I'll show you the way!"...........

As night came again, the Mingos bound Aliquipiso's hands behind her back and
pushed her ahead of them. Don't try to betray us, they warned. "At any sign of 
we will kill you." Flanked by two warriors with weapons poised, Aliquipiso led
the way. Soundlessly the mass of Mingo warriors crept behind her through
thickets and rough places, over winding paths and deer trails, until at last 
arrived beneath the towering cliff of sheer granite. =A0"Come closer, Mingo
warriors," she said in a low voice, gather around me. The Oneidas above
are sleeping, thinking themselves safe.
I'll show you the secret passage that leads 

The Mingos crowded together in a dense mass with the girl in the center.
Then Aliquipiso uttered a piercing cry:
"Oneidas! The enemies are here!
Destroy them!"

The Mingos scarcely had time to strike her down before huge boulders and rocks
rained upon them. There was no escape; it seemed as if the angry mountain 
were falling on them, crushing them, burying them. So many Mingo warriors died
there that the other bands of Mingo invaders stopped pillaging the Oneida 
and retired to their own hunting grounds. They never again made war on 
Aliquipiso's people.............

The story of the girl's courage and self- sacrifice was told and retold 
Oneidas sat around their campfires, and will be handed down from
grandparent to grandchild as long as there are Oneidas on this earth.

The Great Mystery changed Aliquipiso's hair into woodbine, which the Oneidas
call "running hairs" and which is a good medicine. From her body sprang
honeysuckle, which to this day is known among her people as the "blood of brave 

THE END................................................

Fresh Corn & Zucchini Soup

6 cups low-salt chicken broth
2 cups diced zucchini
1/2 cup chopped onion
6 cups fresh corn kernels (about 12 ears)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
Jalapeno hot sauce (optional)

Yield: 12 (1 cup) servings
Nutrition per serving: calories 96, percent calories from fat 16%, sodium160 
mg, cholesterol 0 mg.

Find other recipes at this website!
Oneida Indian Nation - Culture & History


Now When I was a Kid

Now when I was a kid! How many
times have you heard that line?
Well here it comes again! Now
when I was a kid, remembering
of course this was before technology,
I could space travel. I went to
unheard of places as I walked
backwards down the road, walked
across rainbows and fell into the
pot of gold. One day I actually
rode across the mountain on a cloud.
Not just any cloud mind you,
this one had a silver lining. I
would lay quietly in the sticky
grass and watch the slow moving
clouds cross the sky, leaving huge
dark shadows on the mountains
below. I would try to fast forward
them=A0 and then harness them so
I could drag them back. I could
sail across the moon in the blink
of an eye and remove the halo
and wear it around my head.
Once I even caught the heat from
the sun, cooked my mud pies on
a big flat rock, and five minutes
later I was walking on the water.
Giggling I would squish mud
between my toes and chase
the butterflies. Today I can still
do all these things with joy and
delightful pleasure because I
leave the good life by saying...

Friday, May 09, 2003


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FREE curriculum, resources, and more.



Everything in the world is made up of tiny particles called atoms. Atoms are 
broken down into even smaller parts called protons,= electrons and neutrons. 
Each of these parts are different because of their charge. That is, protons 
have a postive (+) charge, electrons have a negative (-) charge and neutrons 
have no charge.

Usually atoms have the same number of protons and electrons. But=it's possible 
to change that! By rubbing things together, one object's atoms can "pick up" 
another objects atoms and create an imbalance. Some objects, when rubbed 
together will pick up more electrons and have a negative charge while other 
objects will loses electrons and have a postive charge. When this happens it is 
called static electricity.

Static Electricity happens when you get a small shock when you touch something 
metal after walking across a carpet. When your feet rub against the carpet, 
your body picks up electrons. Then when you touch the metal object, the extra 
electrons you picked up pass to the metal giving you a shock. If you did this 
in a darkened room you might even see the tiny spark go from your hand to the 

But let's try something a little less painful to create static electricity, ok? 

What you'll need:

A balloon full of air
A watch or clock

What to do:

Rub the balloon in your hair and then stick it on a wall. Time it to see how 
long the balloon stays up before it lets go.

What happened:

When you rub the balloon in your hair it passes electrons from you to the 
balloon. This gives more electrons to the balloon than the wall has and makes 
them attract. Eventually the extra electrons leave the balloon and it falls 

Now try this:

Do the same thing again, but this time try it in the bathroom right after 
someone comes out of the shower.
Take the balloon, rub it in your hair, and stick it on the bathroom wall. Time 

What happened:

Amazingly the balloon falls off the wall a lot more quickly this time! The 
water in the air and on the wall created
humidity. Humidity helps electrons more more quickly away from the balloon so 
its attraction to the wall fades quicker.

This is why you are much more likely to get a static electric shock in the 
winter than you are in the summer.
Summer's are usually a lot more humid and prevent electrons from building up.


Did you know that there are three basic types of rocks? They are Igneous, 
Sedimentary, and Metamorphic. Every rock is classified into one of these types 
based on how they are formed.

  Igneous rocks are formed when magma, or molten rock cools and hardens. 
Intrusive igneous rock cools below the surface of the Earth and extrusive 
igneous rock cools above the surface. Some examples of igneous rock are 
obsidian, granite and basalt. Basalt makes up the majority of the= ocean floor 
and is created by the constant flow from underground volcanoes that make up 
mid-ocean ridges.

Sedimentary rocks can take millions of years to form. They are made up of 
materials such as sand, bit of other types of rock, and shells that get pressed 
together. Some sedimentary rocks are limestone, sandstone and shale.

Metamorphic rock were originally either igneous or sedimentary rock that are 
transformed by extreme heat, pressure, or both. For example, when a mountain is 
forming, the pressure on the rock mass creates the transformation of some of 
the rock. Metamorphic rock is then usually formed= deep below the surface where 
the pressure is greatest. Some examples of Metamorphic rock are schist, marble 
and slate.

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