September 14, 2007

Turtle school is tourist site

Oneida of Wisconsin offer cultural attractionsVisiting an elementary school may not be a conventional tourist activity, but a tour of the unique Oneida Nation Elementary School is a popular component of the vast array of cultural experiences provided by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin's tourism department.

What's so special about the school?

"We have an elementary school built in the shape of a turtle that is becoming world-renowned," said Bobbi Webster, the nation's director of communications.

A former Turtle School student came up with the idea.

"He thought that the learning center should be similar to the Oneida creation story on the back of the turtle where everything evolved, so our school is in the shape of a turtle," Webster said.

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