Our Strong Language
Welcome to our website!
Here you will find information about our Gawęnahwishe' Onǫda'gega', our Onondaga adult immersion language program here at Six Nations of the Grand River.
Though our program is relatively new, we have learned a lot about language learning over the last few years and we are determined for our program and our learners to be successful.
Our program has been inspired by language program successes in our own community as well as professional development workshops we have taken part in. After learning more from our fellow community programs, attending workshops at the Indigenous Languages Institute in Sante Fe, and undergoing a series of ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) sessions, we redesigned our program and launched with a new cohort of six learners in January 2017.
A powerful language
We feel that the Onondaga language is a powerful language. Onondaga is also where the central fire is located for our Confederacy. We are fortunate to have first language Onondaga speakers in our community and we are grateful for the time they have shared with us this year. Still, we have a lot of work to do to revitalize our language. Despite the challenges we face, we are committed and serious about our language work. We feel that it helps and gives our people a sense of identity. We hope to share about our progress here and we thank you for taking the time to visit us! Nyawęha