Learning the Seneca Indian Language Nya:wëh sgë:nö’ (nyah-weh-sgeh-noh) Hello.
Seneca is an Iroquoian language of the Northeast Woodlands, spoken by about 100 people in New York State. Most Seneca speakers are elders, but some young Senecas are working to keep their ancestral language alive.
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.
With a proud and rich history, the Seneca were the largest of six Native American nations which comprised the Iroquois Confederacy or Six Nations, a democratic government that pre-dates the United States Constitution. The Seneca Nation of Indians currently has a total enrolled population of nearly 8,000 citizens.
Seneca in British English (ˈsɛnɪkə ) 1. Word forms: plural -cas or -ca. a member of a Native American people formerly living south of Lake Ontario; one of the Iroquois peoples.
I say to you all, “Nya:wëh sgë:nö'” (pronounced nyah-weh-sgeh-noh), which translates literally to “I am thankful you are well” and is a common greeting in Seneca.
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.
In the 21st century, more than 10,000 Seneca live in the United States, which has three federally recognized Seneca tribes. Two of them are centered in New York: the Seneca Nation of Indians, with two reservations in western New York near Buffalo; and the Tonawanda Seneca Nation.
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.
Numerically, the Seneca were the largest of the Iroquois member nations at the inception of the Confederacy 500 years ago, and they grew even larger and stronger from the mid-1600s through the early 1700s through conquests, adoptions and assimilations of smaller groups of Indians.
Niá:wen – thank you. Niawen’kó:wa – thank you very much. Niá:wen ki’ wáhi – thanks a lot ( thank you my good friend, it’s dearer to the heart). Tekwanonwerá:tons – welcome. Io – you ‘re welcome.
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.
Cayuga (In Cayuga Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ) is a Northern Iroquoian language of the Iroquois Proper (also known as “Five Nations Iroquois”) subfamily, and is spoken on Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, Ontario, by around 240 Cayuga people, and on the Cattaraugus Reservation, New York, by fewer than 10.
Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. Six Indian Nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. Prevost, Toni Jollay. Agencies and subagencies were created as administrative offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its predecessors.