Melissa McCann (Turtle Clan) shows off her handmade jewelry at the Oneida Nation Elders Program Craft and Bake Sale.
(Oneida, NY – Nov. 2012) Just in time for some early holiday shopping, the Oneida Nation Elders Program hosted a craft and bake sale Friday, Nov. 9 at the Ray Elm Children and Elders Center. The sale featured native and non-native crafts provided by a variety of vendors. Each vendor also donated an item to be raffled at the event.
Money raised at the event helps pay for Oneida Nation Elders Program trips and special events, like the annual Christmas dinner.
Melissa McCann (Turtle Clan) of Syracuse often accompanies her mother, Brenda Bush (Turtle Clan), on Elders Program trips. McCann helped at the craft sale by displaying and selling a wide variety of jewelry she created. McCann has been making jewelry for about ten years and continues to expand her designs by trying new techniques and colors.
McCann said, “I love spending time with my mother and the other Elders. Whether it’s the group trips, or coming here to share my handmade jewelry and spend time with friends, we all have a great time together. With a big smile, McCann added, “I refer to myself as an “Elder in training.”
Oneida Elders helped in the planning and staffing of the craft and bake sale, which was open to the public. A variety of homemade baked goods, soups, chili, and an Oneida specialty, fry bread, were also available at the event.
The Elders Program is part of the Oneida Nation’s Government Programs and Services department. The program provides participants a daily meal and gives Elders the opportunity to take trips and participate in other activities. The program also hosts an annual Elders Conference focusing on a variety of health and wellness topics.