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. Find out more at senecalanguage.com.
Featured highlights of the Iroquois Sachem Challenge at Walnut Grove Farm practicing archery and running an obstacle course. This program is designed to assist community teenagers to make a transition from adolescent behaviors to learning the roles and responsibilities of becoming a productive young adult during the summer months.
Once again the smoke dance competition at the Nya:wëh Indian Village at the Erie County Fair & Expo was a big attraction. Dancers of all ages showed off the moves that make this dance a major crowd pleaser. Ja:goh to all the winners and see you next year!
With planting season underway, we stopped by the Seneca Nation's Agriculture Department - Gakwi:yo;h Farms to hear about all the good things they've got going on in the fields.
In the follow up workshop for the "Get Hooked on Fishing" series (view part 1 here) at the Allegany Community Center participants learned about cleaning, preparing, and cooking walleyes. Shane Titus demonstrates how to clean a fish while Gerry Fisher showed how to prepare it into a delicious meal.
On Saturday, May 1, 2019 the Seneca Nation Sustainability Collaborative hosted it's "Pole to Plate" event, which was the culmination of the 3-part fishing classes that have been held over the last 2 months. The event turned out great and a good time was held by all participants. Nya:wëh to all the Seneca Nation Departments that made the event happen!
On May 30th, we celebrated June Conklin's 101st Birthday at the Post #1587 Legion. President Rickey Armstrong, Clerk Bethany Johnson, Commander Ronald Cook Jr. and June's daughter spoke during this special occasion of honoring our oldest enrolled Seneca member. Becky Bowen served as the Emcee for the day. Ja:goh June. Nya:wëh to all who attended the celebration luncheon.
The black bear is common around the Allegany Territory and recently one had been rummaging trash cans in the Steamburg community. It was humanely captured and released. The Seneca Nation Conservation Department wants to remind you that they're available to help remove unwanted wildlife.
Seneca Nation Dispatch: Allegany - (716) 945-2779 & Cattaraugus - (716) 532-3040