YORK – The Tree of Peace takes root at Herald Square as the Oneida
Indian Nation of New York debuts in the 82nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving
Day Parade. On Nov 27, the OIN’s True Spirit of Thanksgiving float
will ride down Broadway, spreading the message of Thanksgiving to
more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers
nationwide. Sharing the Oneida creation story, the float will be
a beautifully symbolic depiction of the legendary nation’s birth.
and built by the magicians of the Macy’s Parade Studio, The OIN’s
“True Spirit of Thanksgiving” float will showcase the 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 roots, 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.
are honored to have the Oneida Indian Nation participate in this
year’s parade with a majestic float that truly captures the spirit
of the holiday,” said Amy Kule, producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving
Day Parade. She added, “This fantastic float is filled with bigger-than-life
images that bring the Oneida Indian story to life. From the symbolic
giant turtle representing Mother Earth to the truly spectacular
Tree of Peace, our Parade audience will not only enjoy the float
for its majestic beauty, but also for its universal message of Peace.”
Oneida Indian Nation is honored to be included in the 82nd Annual
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation
Representative and CEO. “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 82nd annual
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off Nov. 27 and is broadcast
live nationally on NBC-TV from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones.
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