(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 senecalanguage.com and watch Seneca conversations on video, or listen to songs and follow along with transcripts.
The Seneca Language & Culture department presents the Teen Craft Club. TCC will be hosted on the last Sunday afternoon of the month Oct - May.