Once upon a time there was a Native village by the river. There were eight boys that played together all the time. Everyday they met at the same place. They even had their own chief. Whenever they met, the chief would play is drum. Then the others would start to dance. When they got tired of dancing, then they would eat.
Oneida winter story
One day the chief said, "tomorrow we will have feast and I want to ask for different kind of food."
One boy asked for corn soup. His mother said, Why do you want to take it over there when you can eat it here. No you can’t have any.
One boy asked for deer meat. His mother got angry with him and said, "Why do you want to take the deer meat over there. No you can’t have any."
One boy asked for corn and his mother said no we don’t have any.
All the boys met at their place where they played all the time. Then they told their chief that they couldn’t have feast because their mothers wouldn’t let them bring any food.
The chief said to them, "don’t feel bad, I’ll play and you can still dance."
The boys said, we are too hungry to dance. The chief said, don’t think about anything, just dance, when I play faster you dance faster.
They began to dance and they danced so fast they began to rise up and soon they were over the trees.
Finally the parents looked up and saw their children dancing so far off the ground. They hollered at them to come back. Their chief said don’t look down just dance faster. One boy looked down and he fell back down
This day if you look up to the sky you will see the seven dancers dancing.
It is now time to have MidWinter Ceremony