Oneida Nation in New York

Collection Owner:
Cover Image:
Beaded Bag
Beaded Bag - Image Source

Collection Facts

Dates of Original:
before 1900

Historical Context

The Haudenosaunee, commonly known as the Iroquois, are an alliance of Indigenous peoples in northeast North America and are made up of six nations: Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Mohawk, and Tuscarora. Haudenosaunee means ‘People of the Longhouse’. The Oneida Nation was and is the predominant Indigenous culture in Oneida County, NY. 

Oneida ancestors lived in New York State thousands of years before European contact. Oneida territory once consisted of more than six million acres stretching from the St. Lawrence River to the Susquehanna River with settlements throughout Oneida and Madison Counties including villages in and around the present-day communities of Stockbridge, Oneida Castle, Canastota, Oriskany, and the city of Oneida.

Scope of Collection

This collection contains tools and artwork from the Oneida Nation, as well as documents relating to the Oneida Reservation.