They were removed to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River in the 1830s. Many Seneca and other Iroquois migrated into Canada during and after the Revolutionary War, where the Crown gave them land in compensation for what was lost in their traditional territories.
Seneca is pronounced “SEH-neh-kah.” It comes from the name of one of their villages, Osininka. In their own language, the Senecas call themselves Onandowaga, which means “people of the mountain.” Where do the Seneca Indians live? The Senecas originally lived in New York state.
Gai’wiio, ( Seneca: “Good Message”) also called Longhouse Religion, new religious movement that emerged among the Seneca Indians of the northeastern United States, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, in the early 19th century.
The Seneca would hunt, fish, farm and gather their food. Staples of the Seneca crop and diet were corn, beans, and squash, which are referred to as the Three Sisters and considered to be special gifts from the Creator.
The Seneca are also known as the “Keeper of the Western Door,” for the Seneca are the westernmost of the Six Nations. But the Seneca were also renowned for their sophisticated skills at diplomacy and oratory and their willingness to unite with the other original five nations to form the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations.
Seneca is an Iroquoian language spoken by the Seneca people, one of the members of the Iroquois Five (later, Six) Nations confederacy.
The name Seneca is a boy’s name of Latin origin meaning “people of the standing rock”.
The CIR is located along the Cattaraugus Creek, from Gowanda, New York, downstream to the shore of Lake Erie. The CIR is comprised of some 21,618 acres in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie counties.
The Cayuga Nation is known as “The People of the Great Swamp”. Cayugas are one the original five members of the Haudenosaunee “The People of the Longhouse”. Many goverance principles of the Haudenosaunee were installed into the American form of governance.
Members of the Mohawk tribe now live in settlements in northern New York State and southeastern Canada.
If you’d like to know a few easy Onondaga words, “sge:no” (pronounced similar to sgay-no) is a friendly greeting, and ” nya: weh ” (pronounced similar to nyah-wenh) means ‘thank you.
“The Iroquois religious beliefs are centered on an omniscient ‘Great Spirit’, who they believe is also their creator. They are strong proponents of anthropomorphism or animated nature and seasons. Many Iroquois are followers of Christianity.
Learning the Seneca Indian Language Nya:wëh sgë:nö’ (nyah-weh-sgeh-noh) Hello.
Composed of eight clans – Turtle, Bear, Wolf, Beaver, Snipe, Heron, Deer and Hawk – the Seneca are said to have been released by the Creator from beneath a mountain and prospered as the People of the Great Hill.
Cornplanter, also called John O’Bail, O’Bail also spelled O’Beel, or Abeel, (born c. 1732, New York? [ U.S. ]—died February 18, 1836, Warren county, Pennsylvania, U.S. ), Seneca Indian leader who aided white expansion into Indian territory in the eastern United States.