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cornelius_nmai_oneida cosmology_ep_02

"Far above the Earth was a Sky-World where the great ruler lived. In the middle of this Sky-World was a huge tree."

-Oneida Creation Story


chris t cornelius (oneida)

2003 Native Arts Program, Artist-in-Residence for the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution


This work explores five of thirteen episodic junctures of the Oneida Creation Myth. These drawings manifest the spatial and narrative power of the Oneida cosmology. It is not a literal illustration of a story, but rather an interpretive translation that fuses the cultural conveyance in American Indian oral tradition with the graphic explanation of the construction document.

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Taken on October 30, 2003