The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has become part of the holiday tradition in America. This year, the Oneida Indian Nation will have its own float that will be called the True Spirit of Thanksgiving and will represent the creation story.
According to the Oneida Nation, the "float will showcase the Indian Nation’s representation of the creation story with vivid characters, symbols and performers. The float will depict the tale of Sky Woman who one day came to rest on a Turtle’s back, depicted on the float by a giant Turtle symbolizing Mother Earth. A 30-foot tall White Pine Tree symbolizing the Tree of Peace grows from the turtle’s back, and climbs skyward, while its great white roots of peace spread in four directions- north, south, east and west. On top of the Great Tree is an eagle that keeps watch over the Nations, symbolizing the constant watch and protection of Peace. Along for the ride will be Iroquois dancers at each root representing all Indian people from across the country."
Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter said, "The Oneida Indian Nation is honored to be included in the 82nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 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."
The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian in central New York and was one of the founding members of the Iroquois Confederacy or Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
The 82nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is on Thursday, November 27, and will be broadcast live nationally on NBC-TV, from 9am to 12pm in all time zones. The parade attracts an estimated 50 million television viewers and more than 3.5 million spectators on the Manhattan streets.
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