Shenandoah, Mary "Maisie"

NEW YORK, Oneida – Funeral services were held for MARY “MAISIE” SHENANDOAH, 77, on December 5, 2009, at the Oneida Nation Longhouse in Oneida. Interment followed at the Shenandoah/Robert family cemetery. Maisie was born July 12, 1932, on the Onondaga Nation Territory, south of Syracuse, New York. She passed away December 2, 2009, surrounded by loved ones.

Maisie was a Wolf Clan Mother of the Oneida Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) Confederacy in New York State. As a clan mother she had the duty of selecting leaders from within her clan, serving as a political advisor, spiritual leader and spokesperson for the Oneida people. Primarily an educator and matriarch of the Oneida people, she was also a performing artist, tribal historian, an avid collector of Native American art and an astute businesswoman. Maisie operated a trading post, participated in American Indian gatherings throughout the country and organized hundreds of cultural and education presentations in the northeast. Throughout her travels she encouraged Native American people to look with pride upon their heritage and to assert their rights as Indigenous nations with kindness and friendship. Her life’s dream, as passed on to her by her mother, was to create a homeland for all Oneidas. (Kalihwisaks, December 3, 2009)

 

 

 

 

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