Episode Thirteen / Takastepanichikewin Nistoshap
ONEIDA NATION OF THE THAMES
Our last community, Oneida Nation of the Thames – here our great journey comes to an emotional close. Elder Linda Elijah shares with us the technique of pounding ash which causes the wood to split into long thin strips. She then shows us how to weave the strips of wood into beautiful baskets. After a long day, we sit down with Cassius around a blazing fire and recap some of our most memorable moments.
Meet the Elder
Elder Name: Linda Elijah
What is your favorite outdoor activity? I just love taking walks in the bush. Nature walks.
What is your favorite meal? Potatoes, vegetables and fish (any kind of fish). Cod is probably my favorite.
Who is your role model/hero? My mentor would be my mother. I try to be like her, because she’s a hard worker. She has worked really hard all her life, and I’ve done the same. She’s 94 years old and still making the most beautiful baskets to this day.
Question: True or False? The Oneida Nation of the Thames is one of the original five tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy?
Answer: True. The remaining four tribes are Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga and Mohawk, which were formed around 1450.
First Nation Name
Oneida Nation of the Thames
Located in southwestern Ontario on what is commonly referred to as the “Oneida Settlement”
Google Map Link
5,446 registered band members (2,029 living on reserve)