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Seneca Language


Ögwaiwanösde’ Ögwawënö’

(We cherish our language.)


The mission of the Allegany Language Department, Ögwaiwanösde’ Ögwawënö’—we cherish our language, is to promote conversational Seneca language use at the Seneca Nation. To increase the use of the Seneca language throughout the Nation, the department works with fluent/highly proficient speakers to train apprentices for long-term, professional positions, as conversational Seneca language teachers for early childhood, community, departmental, school-district, and/or college level Seneca language and culture classes. Apprentices shall train to work as revitalization, documentation, translation, and resource development specialists. In addition to training language professionals, the department houses a Digital Seneca Language Specialist to assist in the development of web-based learning/teaching tools, hands-on instructional materials, and the audio-visual content required by Seneca language learners and teachers both on and off-territory.

Ja:no’s—Janine Bowen, Allegany Language Director (716) 945-1790 ext. 3171

Jimmy Crane, Digital Seneca Language Specialist, (716) 945-1790 ext. 3173

Be sure to check out and watch Seneca conversations on video, or listen to songs and follow along with transcripts.

Onöndowa’ga:’ Gawë:nö’ (Seneca Language) Classes

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Novice Low/Very Beginner Conversational Seneca Class

Via Google Classroom:

This is an intro level course, and you can complete the work at your own pace. In order to attend, click on the Google Classroom link listed above. Ja:no’s Bowen, the instructor will post video lessons and assignments weekly. The class just began in this format, so videos will be posted weekly starting on Monday, August 24, 2020. You will need a computer, smart phone, or tablet with an activated microphone, and internet service. You will need the following materials to assist you with your work:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Novice Mid - High Level Conversational Seneca Class  

Fridays at 10 AM via Skype.

Study is mandatory!

This class requires completion of the course materials covered in the Novice Low/Very Beginner Conversational Seneca Class on Mondays (or the equivalent).

You must take a small speaking assessment to participate in this class.

For more information, contact Ja:no’s Bowen @janosjaninebowen via Skype.