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Shako:wi Cultural Center


Constructed in 1993, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Shako:wi Cultural Center stands as a testament to the rich lives, talents and heroism of the Oneida people. The building is named in memory of Richard Chrisjohn (Wolf Clan), former Nation Representative, whose Oneida name means “he gives.” That spirit of giving is what the facility is all about – it is designed to give visitors and the future generations a sense of their roots and heritage.

A hand-crafted white pine log building on Nation Homelands just south of the City of Oneida, the Shako:wi Cultural Center helps guests experience thousands of years of Oneida history, from the key role they played as allies of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War to the current day, as the Oneida people have worked to revitalize their community and regain control of more than  18,000 acres of ancestral Oneida homelands – more than they have had since 1824.

Explore the depths of Oneida tradition and culture. Feel the power of Wampum – a sacred beaded substance, used to fashion belts and gauntlets, with a healing presence meant to sanctify agreements and traditions. Absorb and marvel at the craftsmanship involved in creating lacrosse sticks by hand. These are but some of the relics and mementos that span the Oneida lifetime and that are on display at the Shako:wi Cultural Center.


Address: 5 Territory Rd., Oneida, NY 13421

Phone: (315) 829-8801

Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays, April 1 through Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The gift shop closes at 4:30 p.m.

Group tours available. Admission is free.

The Oneida Indian Nation welcomes all school groups and businesses to take part in the Cultural Outreach program. Presentations can be given on site if a group cannot travel.