Kaˀtshatstʌ́sla: "Strength of Belief and Vision as a People"—Oneida Resilience and Corn


  • Lois L. Stevens University of Kansas
  • Joseph P. Brewer II University of Kansas




White Corn, Haudenosaunee, Oneida, Community Resilience, Food Sovereignty


The collective nations of the Haudenosaunee are governed by their shared ancestral knowledge of creation. This storied knowledge tells of an intellec­tual relationship with corn that has been cultivated by the Haudenosaunee through generations and represents core values that are built into commu­nity resilience, for the benefit of future generations. The Oneida, members of the Haudenosaunee Con­federacy, have been committed to this relationship since the beginning of time. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin has been shaping resilience in the con­text of struggle, to work toward sovereign com­munity food systems. This particular Oneida community has been geographically divided from all other Haudenosaunee nations, and even from its members own Oneida kin, for nearly 200 years; however, this community was able to re-establish its relationship with corn after years of disconnect. Oneida Nation community-driven projects in Wisconsin have reshaped and enhanced the con­nection to corn, which places them at the forefront of the Indigenous food sovereignty movement.

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Author Biographies

Lois L. Stevens, University of Kansas

Ph.D. candidate, Department of Geography

Joseph P. Brewer II, University of Kansas

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies

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How to Cite

Stevens, L., & Brewer, J. (2019). Kaˀtshatstʌ́sla: "Strength of Belief and Vision as a People"—Oneida Resilience and Corn. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(B), 225–238. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2019.09B.015



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