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Old 11-24-2011, 01:16 PM   #1
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Native Float in Macy's Parade

The Oneida Nation's "The True Spirit of Thanksgiving" float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:21 PM   #2
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:25 PM   #3
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HISTORY & INFO ABOUT FLOAT:
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Designed and built by the magicians of the Macy’s Parade Studio, the Oneida Nation's the True Spirit of Thanksgiving float showcases the Oneida representation of the creation story with vivid characters, symbols and performers. The float will feature New York Yankees pitcher and role model for Native American youth Joba Chamberlain, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) dancers, and Oneidas in traditional regalia.

Float Design

A Depiction of the Oneida Creation Story — The Oneida Creation Story tells of Sky Woman, who came to rest on Turtle’s back, which the other animals had covered with soil from beneath the sea. Thus living things may always find nourishment from the soil, for it springs from Mother Earth.

On the Turtle’s back (known as Turtle Island) stands a White Pine Tree. The roots that spread out from the tree are called the Great Roots of Peace, and they spread in the four directions: one to the north, one to the south, one to the east, and one to the west.

On top of this Great Tree is placed an Eagle. The Eagle keeps a watchful eye on the roots and if any danger approaches, he will scream loudly, sounding the alarm and all the Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy will at once come to the defense and rescue. This symbolizes that everyone has the responsibility to protect the peace.

The Creation Story is the oldest tradition of the Oneida People.

Images on the Float

Wampum Belts:
Two Row Belt
On the front of the float is a depiction of a Two Row Wampum Belt. This belt depicts friendship and cooperation between the American Indians and the European newcomers. It symbolizes that we travel the river of life side by side, and we don’t interfere with each other. The two rows never intersect; they are parallel and equal.

Hiawatha (or Six Nations) Belt
This belt is a visual record of the creation of the Haudenosaunee (also know as the Iroquois) Confederacy. The five original Nations that make up Confederacy are: Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk. (A sixth Nation, Tuscarora, was later added to the Iroquois).

Oneida Belt
The Oneida Belt design and the Oneida seal appear on the sides of the float. The rectangle shapes of the Oneida Belt depict the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy and the diamond shapes depict the council fires of each Nation. The Oneida Seal incorporates an image of the Tree of Peace along with symbols of each Clan of the Oneida – Turtle, Wolf and Bear.

Bundle of Arrows:
A bundle of five arrows symbolize strength in unity for the Iroquois. It is easy for one arrow to be broken. But bound together, the arrows hold strong against adversity and challenges to form a union which no one can bend or break. This symbolizing can be seen on the $1 dollar bill with an eagle clutching thirteen arrows in its claws.

Four Directions:
The Roots of Peace stretch out from the White Pine Tree in all four directions. Each platform on the float represents Native cultures from across the land. Artwork and collections from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian were referenced in creating these colorful displays.

The Turtle:
The turtle symbolizes Turtle Island, a symbol of Mother Earth to the Oneida people and many other Native Americans.

The Tree of Peace:
The White Pine is the Tree of Peace. The Oneidas believe the Peacemaker came to the Iroquois and uprooted the tree, telling them to bury their weapons of war underneath its roots. He thus brought peace to the Iroquois Confederacy. The White Pine Tree is the only evergreen with needles in bunches of five – which symbolizes the number of original Iroquois Nations.

“We are honored to have the Oneida Indian Nation participate in this year’s Parade with a majestic float that truly captures the spirit of the holiday,” Amy Kule, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade producer, said.

“The Oneida Indian Nation is honored to be included in the 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO, added. “American Indians welcomed the first Europeans who came to our homelands in the spirit of thanksgiving, and showed our new neighbors how to adapt to the challenges of our Mother Earth. As first Americans, we are most thankful to be included in this premier holiday event because it is a wonderful opportunity to once again share the true spirit of thanksgiving with America and the millions of people watching this wonderful parade.”
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I saw it on TV and I liked it very much it was nice to see that the Macy's Day's pardade let the Oneida Nation parpicpate.
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That's one of the few floats I did see in the parade. Very cool!
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I saw that float in the Parade it was astonishing....
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I missed it, but thanks so much for posting the links and the info. It looks AMAZING!!
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