Mark Fischer Catalog - page 35

Mark Fischer
August 2015
Page 34
Winter is a time for Mother Earth to rest. Traditionally, stories
were not told until the first snowfall. Iroquois oral culture
sustains many traditions and ceremonies. In earlier times,
when life was more agricultural and settled, young people had
the opportunity and inclination to listen to the old stories.
The oral tradition developed young people'’ capacity for
remembering long and involved speeches and songs. Story
telling was a cultural contact between generations.
Storytellers used a variety of memory aids, including canes,
staffs, wampum beads and belts, feather arrangements and
stone construction. These devices helped to convey messages
and strengthened memory of the customs and beliefs of a
Garden Sculpture
68” x 36”
18” x 10” x 3”
Wolf, Bear, and Turtle are the three clans of the Oneida Nation.
Ours is a matrilineal society, which means your clan and Nation
membership all come from your mother. The wolf has taught
us to use our ears and to be watchful. The wolf has a strong
sense of family.
Garden Sculpture
45”x 56”
12” x 14” x 3”
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