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K-12 Project Learning Days

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have developed a number of learning options for the students to complete while at home, please review the guidelines:

  • Technology is not required to complete the activity
  • Siblings are allowed to work on an activity together
  • Participation is required for attendance

To be marked present for a day, please email your child’s homeroom teacher confirming that the activities were completed.

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Artley Skenandore & Tracy Christensen


WEDNESDAY, February 23rd

Wahta Nikalutot^ Tyoh^tu

Project Day assignment is focused on our relationship with the coming of Spring, working in the woods collecting sap and making maple syrup.  Many of our families today go out to the woods to enjoy this special time of season.  We have shared several sites for you to watch and renew our good feelings about working with the great gift of sap from the Maple trees (Wahta Nikalutot^).

Enjoy listening and please take the time to share your good feelings with your family.  We have also left the Ohuntsya.kekha Kanunuya?shuha (Earth Songs) on the site since some many expressed how these songs make them feel so good!

Project Day Activity:

Listen and see how many words you can recognize.


  1. View the Links of Maple syrup that have been shared with you.
  2. Share your understanding of the gift of sap and how we turn this sweet water into syrup.
  3. Draw a picture that will help you explain what we do when we collect the sap in the woods.
  4. Listen to the Earth Songs that are also posted for your encouragement.



Honor our earth mother YUKHINULHA OHUTSYAKE each season.

^Twanehalatuse tsinu yukwahsitak^slahw^ – We give thanks where are feet are upon our mother earth.

Our Teachings (tsi niyukwalihot^) remind us that our grandfathers Latishekeyutehis the Thunders come to wake up the trees with the Warming winds of the spring. OWELSUHA  nen kukwetini

The maple tree WHATA then produces the sweet medicine KANUKWASLIYO and shares this gift with us to gather – Yukwhanekaloloks.

We know that our mother the earth (Yukhinula Ohutsyake) is fulfilling her responsibilities; we also know that our grandfathers Latishekeyutehis are carrying out their instructions.

We learn as Children how the maple sap is a gift that our families collect and cook into syrup and sugar to share with the people.

As Oneida (On^yote;ak^) people we continue to learn to renew our responsibility to be out in the woods in the kukweteni Spring time to collect the sweet medicine KANUKWASLIYO out of respect for the maple tree gift to the people. It is a time for our families – Kwahwatsili from the youngest to the oldest – (Latkshashu nen Latikstuoko) to work together and honor the sustaining life gifts of our earth mother yukhinula ohutsyake.

We invite all Oneida people to take part in the harvest and renewal of this great gift of kanukwasliyo from the whata who is the lead (Tysohantu) of all trees.

As (Onyoteak^) Oneidas it is our responsibility to continually renew our stories of respect for what our mother the earth and our grandfathers the thunders share with us.

Ta Tho niyohtuhak ne yulwanikuhla

This is how it shall be in our minds.

Sharing these songs for your enjoyment with the following 3 links:

Kayowa Song –

Friendship Song –

Name that Tune –



ONSS Midwinter Intro

ONSS Midwinter Day 1

ONSS Midwinter Day 2 & 3

Traditional Agricultural Practices of the Oneida Nation

Kayowa Song

Friendship Song

Name that Tune



30 minutes of reading or being read to and journaling will be required each day. K-2 Culture Stories available through Google Drive.


  1. Preform an act of kindness: Show your thanks to someone by helping or serving, such as tidying up a room or taking the dog for a walk.
  2. Give a card: Design and create a card to give to someone. Let them know why you are thankful for them.
  3. Create art: Draw, paint, or craft a diorama of what you are thankful for.
  4. Share Thanks: Share with someone the Thanksgiving Opening and discuss why we give thanks.
  5. Four Days of Midwinter Review: Study and remember why we perform the Midwinter Ceremonies, then draw a picture or tell a story of renewing our ceremonies.


30 minutes of reading or being read to and journaling will be required each day.

High school student will be required to work on any outstanding assignments for the end of the semester.


  1. Practice and Discuss the Thanksgiving Opening and the four days of Midwinter Ceremonies.
  2. Explore and Journal: Share your understanding of the Midwinter Ceremony and/or the Thanksgiving Opening.
  3. Art Project: Create an art piece that expresses what you are thankful for.
  4. Reflect: Share your favorite Oneida words of the Thanksgiving Opening or Midwinter Ceremonies, write about them and describe why they are your favorite.
  5. Write a poem about the Thanksgiving Opening or Midwinter Ceremonies.

Project LEARNING DAYS 1 – 4 Resources from Guidelines and Activities

K-2 Culture Stories

Thanksgiving Opening

Midwinter Ceremonies

At Home Activity Form

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