ONEIDA – In conjunction with Native American Heritage Month, the Oneida Nation of India unveiled a new cultural art installation called Passage of Peace.
Comprised of seven illuminated tipis located on the land of the Oneida Indian Nation just before Exit 33 of I-90, the Passage of Peace will take place during the holidays.
The Oneida Indian Nation chose the tipi as the central image of the Peace Passage to recognize both these Western tribal nations and the collective challenges of Native American peoples. While the Oneidas and other Iroquois tribes lived in longhouses, not tipis, the tipi is a universally recognized symbol of Native American identity.
The tipi represents a common purpose and determination in the face of hardship, making it the perfect choice to honor Western tribes, the Oneida nation of India said in its announcement of the installation.
“We hope The Passage of Peace will draw attention to the lingering hardships unfolding in many parts of the Indian country, while delivering a message of peace and remembrance with our neighboring communities here in the northern state of India. New York, âsaid Ray Halbritter, representative of the Oneida Nation of India. âThe tipi has become a universally recognized symbol of Native American identity. It also represents the traditions of the indigenous nations of the western United States, many of whom suffered enormous loss of life and suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. “
The installation was inspired by similar public works of art created by Native American nations across the country. The Oneida nation of India was brought in to create the Peace Passage to honor those who were lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among its sister and sister nations in the western United States where these losses were the most important. The impact of COVID-19 on Native Americans:
Native Americans are 5.3 times more likely than whites to be hospitalized with COVID-19;
Coronavirus case rates were higher among American Indian and Alaskan natives in 23 states and four times higher in New Mexico, Montana, Mississippi, Oregon and Arizona;
One in 475 American Indians died of COVID, compared to one in 825 white Americans and one in 645 black Americans;
More than one in five COVID-related deaths in Montana involved Native Americans;
The Navajo Nation reported higher COVID-19 infection rates than any state in the United States in mid-2020;
In Montana, 3.8% of Native American seniors aged 75 to 84 and 4.6% of those 85 and over were lost to COVID; and
The nations of Arizona and New Mexico report losses of more than 5.7% among those aged 85 and over.
The installation also serves as a reminder of the importance of coming together in peace and remembrance with family, friends and neighbors during the holiday season. The Oneida Nation of India has always emphasized the importance of warmly welcoming guests to its native lands, and the Peace Passage will extend this greeting to all who live, travel and visit the lands of the Oneida Indian Nation and surrounding communities. throughout the new year.
Visit the Passage of Peace online for more information at www.passageofpeace.org.